At the beginning of each new year, most of us take a moment to reflect on ways we may restructure our life. We commit to take better care of our health, change our behavior, or reorganize our financial priorities. Some of us will also reflect on our spiritual life and consider ways to strengthen our journey with Jesus. Among the latter, the most common resolution is to read and study the Bible with greater intensity.
In her new book, 52 Weeks in the Word (Moody Publishers), Trillia J. Newbell has written an excellent resource to accompany those who aspire to read the Bible through in one year. Each week she suggests a section of Scripture to read. There is an introduction to the section, and she provides a series of questions which prompts the reader to reflect more deeply about the passage of scripture they have engaged. What does the passage mean? What does it tell us about Jesus and his gospel? What did you learn about God and His character from the verses? How might you apply the verses to your life? Space for notetaking is also provided with each section.
Although January is an excellent time to start 52 Weeks in the Word, it is not necessary to start at the beginning of the year. Nor does one have to stay on the fifty-two week/one year schedule. A reader can start any time and go as fast or as slow as they wish. Newbell’s companion for reading the Bible is adaptable to whatever pace you desire. I personally think a slower, more thoughtful and sustained study of each week’s scriptures may prove to be more beneficial for many readers.
As we enter a new year, perhaps 52 Weeks in the Word can be a valuable resource for your engagement with the scriptures. May God bless 2023 with His peace and power as we encounter afresh the salvation history found in the Word of God for the people of God.
-Darrel Holcombe, Owner
Sanctuary Christian Books and Gifts
Colonial Promenade, Alabaster