Part 3: 2016 Bible Reading Challenge

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.

Last Friday Carl and I went to the funeral of a dear friend Tim Boeglin. Tim was a pastor of churches along with us, and his wife Suzi is a joy to be around serving the Lord in her own way. They were an amazing couple who loved many of the same things, and yet, were able to challenge and surprise each other.

Tim was “a man of rare intellect.” He was an avid reader of all kinds of writings. The family joke was who was his second love: his wife Suzi or his books. Of course, Suzi always won out, but sliding real close to her were Tim’s books.

However, Tim’s first love was his love for the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Scriptures. This week the 2016 Bible Reading Challenge is “In Memory” of our friend Tim Boeglin who led many to Christ through Scripture. This is for you, Tim, rest in peace!

MAY
1:   Judges 18 & 19        Psalm 103                  Proverbs 1        II Corinthians 10 & 11
2:   Judges 20 & 21      Psalm 104: 1-17         Proverbs 2      II Corinthians 12 & 13
3:   Ruth 1 & 2                Psalm 104: 18-35     Proverbs 3       Acts 19
4:   Ruth 3 & 4                Psalm 105: 1-15        Proverbs 4       Acts 20
5:   I Samuel 1 & 2         Psalm 105: 16-45     Proverbs 5      Ephesians 1 & 2
6:   I Samuel 3-5           Psalm 106: 1-15        Proverbs 6      Ephesians 3 & 4
7:   I Samuel 6 & 7        Psalm 106: 16-33      Proverbs 7      Ephesians 5 & 6
8:   I Samuel 8 & 9        Psalm 106: 34-48     Proverbs 8     Romans 1
9:   I Samuel 10 & 11      Psalm 107: 1-22        Proverbs 9     Romans 2 & 3
10:  I Samuel 12 & 13     Psalm 107: 23-43     Proverbs 10    Romans 4 & 5
11:  I Samuel 14                Psalm 108                 Proverbs 11     Romans 6 & 7
12:  I Samuel 15 & 16      Psalm 109: 1-13       Proverbs 12     Romans 8
13:  I Samuel 17               Psalm 109: 14-31     Proverbs 13     Romans 9 & 10
14:  I Samuel 18 & 19      Psalm 110                  Proverbs 14      Romans 11 & 12
15:  I Samuel 20 & 21     Psalm 111                   Proverbs 15      Romans 13 & 14
16:  I Samuel 22 & 23     Psalm 112                  Proverbs 16      Romans 15
17:  I Samuel 24 & 25     Psalm 113                  Proverbs 17      Romans 16
18:  I Samuel 26 & 27     Psalm 114                  Proverbs 18      Acts 21
19:  I Samuel 28 & 29     Psalm 115                  Proverbs 19      Acts 22
20:  I Samuel 30 & 31     Psalm 116                  Proverbs 20     Acts 23
21:  II Samuel 1 & 2          Psalm 117                  Proverbs 21      Acts 24
22:  II Samuel 3 & 4        Psalm 118: 1-14        Proverbs 22     Acts 25 & 26
23:  II Samuel 5 & 6        Psalm 118: 15-29     Proverbs 23     Acts 27
24:  II Samuel 7-9           Psalm 119: 1-16        Proverbs 24     Acts 28
25:  II Samuel 10 & 11     Psalm 119: 17-32      Proverbs 25     Colossians 1 & 2
26:  II Samuel 12 & 13     Psalm 119: 33-48     Proverbs 26     Colossian 3-5
27:  II Samuel 14 & 15     Psalm 119: 49-64     Proverbs 27      Hebrews 1 & 2
28:  II Samuel 16 & 17     Psalm 119: 65-80     Proverbs 28     Hebrews 3-5
29:  II Samuel 18              Psalm 119: 81-96     Proverbs 29     Hebrews 6 & 7
30:  II Samuel 19 & 20    Psalm 119: 97-112    Proverbs 30     Hebrews 8 & 9
31:  II Samuel 21 & 22      Psalm 119: 113-128  Proverbs 31      Hebrews 10

JUNE
1:    II Samuel 23 & 24       Psalm 119: 129-144    Proverbs 1      Hebrews 11
2:    I Chronicles 1 & 2       Psalm 119: 145-160   Proverbs  2     Hebrews 12 & 13
3:    I Chronicles 3-5          Psalm 119: 161-176    Proverbs 3      Book of Titus
4:    I Chronicles 6               Psalm 120                 Proverbs 4       Book of Philemon
5:    I Chronicles 7 & 8        Psalm 121                  Proverbs 5       I Timothy 1-3
6:    I Chronicles 9 & 10      Psalm 122                 Proverbs 6       I Timothy 4-6
7:    I Chronicles 11 & 12      Psalm 123 & 124      Proverbs 7       II Timothy 1 & 2
8:    I Chronicles 13-15        Psalm 125 & 126      Proverbs 8       II Timothy 3 & 4
9:    I Chronicles 16 & 17     Psalm 127                 Proverbs 9        I Peter 1 & 2
10:  I Chronicles 18-20       Psalm 128                 Proverbs 10       I Peter 3-5
11:  I Chronicles 21 & 22      Psalm 129                 Proverbs 11       II Peter
12:  I Chronicles 23-25      Psalm 130 & 131        Proverbs 12        I John 1 & 2
13:  I Chronicles 26 & 27   Psalm 132                   Proverbs 13        I John 3-5
14:  I Chronicles 28 & 29   Psalm 133 & 134        Proverbs 14        II John & III John
15:  I Kings 1                          Psalm 135                   Proverbs 15        Jude
16:  I Kings 2                         Psalm 136                   Proverbs 16        Revelation 1
17:  I Kings 3 & 4                  Psalm 137                   Proverbs 17        Revelation 2
18:  I Kings 5 & 6                 Psalm 138                   Proverbs 18         Revelation 3
19:  I Kings 7                         Psalm 139                   Proverbs 19        Revelation 4 & 5
20:  I Kings 8                        Psalm 140                   Proverbs 20       Revelation 6 & 7
21:   I Kings 9 & 10               Psalm 141                    Proverbs 21        Revelation 8 & 9
22:  I Kings 11                       Psalm 142                    Proverbs 22        Revelation 10 & 11
23:  I Kings 12 & 13              Psalm 143                    Proverbs 23        Revelation 12 & 13
24:  I Kings 14 & 15              Psalm 144                    Proverbs 24        Revelation 14 & 15
25:  I Kings 16 & 17              Psalm 145                    Proverbs 25        Revelation 16 & 17
26:  I Kings 18 & 19              Psalm 146                    Proverbs 26        Revelation 18
27:  I Kings 20                      Psalm 147                    Proverbs 27        Revelation 19
28:  I Kings 21 & 22              Psalm 148                   Proverbs 28        Revelation 20
29:  II Chronicles 1 & 2       Psalm 149                   Proverbs 29        Revelation 21
30:  II Chronicles 3 & 4      Psalm 150                   Proverbs 30 & 31   Revelation 22

Today do something that challenges you!

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LFREETOBLOG 2016 READING CHALLENGE

!Malcolm X On Reading

“My alma mater was books, a good library … I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”  Malcolm X

LFREETOBLOG 2016 READING CHALLENGE

Last month I promised to put out my very own 2016 Reading Challenge, and here it is!

During 2015 I posted a Reading Challenge from goodreads.com. I really liked the challenge and the opportunity to read some books I would not have read otherwise. I think that is the reason for Reading Challenges. We get set in our own ways and read the same authors over and over; the Reading Challenge helps us to break our comfortable “rut” and moves us on to new adventures. 

The 2015 Reading Challenge was great! Like I said, it challenged me to reading beyond my “comfort rut.” For instance: I would never have read “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie Wars” by Max Brooks (a book with nonhuman characters), “Here I Stand” by Bishop John Shelby Spong (a Memoir), and “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White (a children’s book). 

But I found the 2015 Reading Challenge (By the way, this was not the only 2015 Reading Challenge. There were quite a few, but the one from goodreads.com was the one I chose.) was too daunting. Fifty-three books to read throughout the year was more than I could handle — I really do have a life beyond books — really I do!! For 2016 I decided it would be fun to have my very own Reading Challenge.

Here are the rules: (1) this is going to be a NO BUY BOOKS YEAR!! My heart is pounding; I am beginning to sweat; I AM A BIG BOOK CONSUMER!! I hope my husband does not read this post!!!!!!!!

Yes, the NUMBER ONE challenge is to NOT BUY ANY BOOKS in 2016.

(2) 2016  is the year you are to read from the public library or from your own bookshelves. Yes, 2016 is the year to read from your pile of books: books stacked beside your bed and your favorite chair; books that are piled high and jammd in your bookcases; books that are hidden in closets, under the bed, in drawers, and any other place that you might have stashed them.

(3) You can raid any friend’s or family member’s bookshelves. Invite them to come along on the LFREETOBLOG 2016 Reading Challenge.

Finally rule (#4): When you finish a book that you know you will not reread, give it away. Here are some great suggestions where your books can go: give it to family or friends and tell them you do not want it back; give it to the public library (Most libraries have a book sale once or twice a year selling the books the community brings to them. This is one way to support your local library.); give the book to a school (if the book is appropriate for children or teens.); don’t forget nursing homes, assisted living facilities, even to a recycle bookstore. Someone else will want to read the book you just finished.

LFREETOBLOG 2016 READING CHALLENGE

1.      Read a book you got from the library.

2.      Read a book that a friend or family member let you borrow. (Don’t forget to give it back.)

3.      Reread a book you enjoyed the first or tenth time around.

4.      Read a book of poetry. (Don’t have one? Go to the public library.)

5.      Read a book that is sitting, laying, jammed into your bookcase.

6.      Read a biography.

7.      Read a children’s storybook (You can read this out loud to your children or grandchildren.)

8.      Read a Classic book.

9.      Read about a craft or hobby you love to do. (This book could be on quilting, sewing, gardening,                                    woodworking, car renovations, house renovations, etc.)

10.    Read a book by your favorite author.

11.    Read a book of the Bible (Old or New Testament or both).

12.    Read a series you have wanted to read (Remember the public library).

13.    Read a book that challenges and stretches your current opinions.

14.    Read a fiction or non-fiction written by a Christian author.

15.    Read a mystery or thriller.

16.    Read a book that is over 400 pages.

17.    Read a book based on a true story.

18.    Read a book that is at the top of your Reading List.

19.    Read a Classic Novella (Remember the public library).

20.    Read a short story collection.

21.    Read a cookbook — yes, a cookbook. Then make a new recipe for yourself or someone else.

22.    Read a book by an author you have not read before.

23.    Read a war story (If you don’t have one, go to the public library.)

24.    Read a Christmas story.

25.    In December buy a book for someone else. OK, you can buy one for yourself.

There it is: 25 books, 2 books a month. As you read through 2016 share your books with us. We would love to see what interests you. Come join me and make space for some new books in 2017. (Laugh out loud!!)

Today do something that will challenge you!