Book At A Time Bible Reading Plan

A template designed to aid in your bible reading. It lists books of the bible by "average reading time" and provides a place for notes as you read though the bible.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
Usage advice: 

The template will give you an overall view of how long it takes to read through each book of the bible so as you have time, you can look at the "average reading time" on the template to pick the books you'd like to read depending on your time available. I've used this on long flights to read an entire book of the bible as I've flown. It's quite helpful and only takes three classic size pages (double sided) to list all 66 books and leave space for notes. For a specialized reading plan that you can use in concert with this template, see Woodrow Kroll's book "Read your bible one book at a time".

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Bible Reading Plan

Great idea! I've been looking for a way to keep track of my bible reading -- this is perfect. Thanks!


Thanks Megan. Let me know if you have any suggestions for improvements. This was my first time trying to design a DIY template!

Glad you could use it. It's helped me quite well.

I like the aspect of the DIY

I like the aspect of the DIY Planner with the Bible Reading Plan. Another variation of this that I know I would appreciate is to have a check off list of the books and chapters, so that I may bookmark where I left off and read my way through all of it without the confusion of wondering where I left off last time.

Maybe include a blank list for Catholic Bible Readers

This list doesn't include information about the additional books in the Catholic bible, so maybe a blank list (or list of those books) would be useful, too.

How I'm using this


I thought you might be interested in how I'm using these things. I know it's not "general interest" but I can imagine others would be interested too, so I thought I would post some pics on Flickr. You can view the set here:


Word to Go

I think it's of "general interest". ;-) I really like what you've done here Jon.

The paragraph formating of the Bible text is a good idea; but for with Psalms I would use a more obvious poetic layout.

For my own version I've been thinking about writing my notes on, what Day-Timers call I think, short-trimmed pages. I also plan to have wider page margins so that I can write marginal notes beside the text.

Also like your use of MacSword; finally downloaded it myself especially now that my preferred translation is available. What translation are you using there?


What translation are you using there?

It's just the old KJV. That's why the lack of poetry formatting, I think. The ESV in MacSword has the formatting, so I think it's just a KJV thing.

I was thinking about writing in the margins too, which is why they are as big as they are, but in retrospect, I think I will try to limit most of my notes to the note pages, and simply mark the verses that have notes. BTW, I made a version of Mark's gospel to send you via email, but since you downloaded MS, I won't fill your inbox. ;-) I haven't looked at my mail app all day, so haven't responded to you yet--but I will--someday.


Translating space

There's plenty of room in my inbox. ;-) My business and general access account (adjacent machine) used to receive an average of over 200 emails a day. :-| Then I unsubscribed from several high traffic mailing lists. I still get 200+ emails ago but now they are mostly spam. So something more profitable is gladly acceptable.

Module providers for Sword (and therefore MacSword) are not consistent in applying formating. :-( And some impose formatting despite the perference settings, for example the ISV (sic) translation module is a red-letter edition. Red letter editions are dyslexia unfriendly so I try not to buy them and for electronic copies I deliberately turn off the red-lettering option. Unfortunately this doesn't work for the ISV module. :-( Shame as I rather like it as a translation. Forcing it on the user like that is akin to forcing everyone to FranklinCovey forms in their planner. (Lame and gratuitous planner mention so my post has something to do with this forum. ;-)

I'm not a fan of 'Red

I'm not a fan of 'Red Letter' Editions. After all, aren't all the words the "Word of God"? =)

Back on topic, I'm using the list forms as a check list to track my reading in '07. I appreciate the efforts on the form!


I love this idea! I plan on trying it for myself.

Is MacSword the Mac equivalent of E-Sword?
Or is MacSword compatible with a MicroSoft based PC?

Sword Project, actually

MacSword uses the modules from the Open Source Sword Project at

It's an Open Source project that includes both software and modules. MacSword is merely a Mac Frontend. However, its display is based on the Mac's built-in text and html display, so has some gorgeous typographics (it uses CSS to display, so you could actually create your own display format!). I also have the Java-based BibleDesktop, another Sword Project software, and it has nowhere near the quality output. So, your mileage may vary. :-) However, it doesn't hurt to download and run the Microsoft-based stuff, and see how it goes. :-)


BibleDesktop is not and has

BibleDesktop is not and has never been Microsoft-based.
It is a native Mac application using the MacOSX framework: Java.
It also runs on Windows and Linux.

BibleDesktop also uses CSS and XSLT to display.

So check back frequently for changes.

I was talking...

about the Main trunk of the Sword Project, not BD. Sorry, I wasn't clear on that. Rereading my post, I can see how it would look that way, but what I meant to say was that beyond these two, there is the Windows-based Sword Project software as well...

BTW, While BD runs on X, I wouldn't call it "native" per se. Java always runs slower on Mac OS, as it runs in some kind of virtual machine or something. It looks nice and runs fine, but you hit some major slowdowns with Java-based software that a Cocoa-based or Carbon-based app won't suffer from.


Looks Good

This looks really good; thanks. :) Is there any possibility of getting a version that is in book order instead of "reading time" order?

Not quite the same

Although they are not the same layout have you tried the various reading schemes available from The Navigators? For presonal use you can download a copy of these plans from the web site for Discipleship Journal. Follow the links to each plan and then click "Preview free sample".