A new year is just around the corner, and with the new year comes commitments to read through the Bible as individuals and families. If that’s your goal, consider using my 5 Day Bible Narrative Reading Plan and Guide. I have created this 52-week Bible reading plan that focuses only on the narratives of Scripture, along with all of the psalms and proverbs. Further, the plan schedules readings for five days per week, giving readers the weekend to catch up if they fall behind.
Additionally, I have also created a 52-week catechism, compiling focused questions and answers from historic catechisms like the Westminster Shorter Catechism, the Heidelberg Catechism, Benjamin Keach’s catechism, and Charles Spurgeon’s catechism. Narrowing this tool to 52 questions and answers allows an individual or families to memorize one per week, and then review again in subsequent years, allowing these doctrinal statements to form and shape belief.
I also created notes, summaries, and questions for personal reflection or group discussion. The notes are designed to answer some of the more challenging issues of the texts, give historical context, or provide classic, conservative interpretation and application.
Finally, each week of reading also has a passage of Scripture to memorize and a hymn to sing, both of which usually correspond to the primary themes of the Bible readings, the catechism, or both.
Additionally, all of these resources are published in Tune My Heart: Bible Narratives Devotional Guide for Families or Individuals.
This is perfect for anyone who wants to slow down and focus Bible reading and study on the narratives and poetry of Scripture, but it is especially helpful for children. Our family has been using this plan for a couple years now (including our two older children), and we love it. I brought home this published devotional guide and gave it to Kate (10 years old), and after using it a couple days, she said it was the best thing she’d ever seen. She loved to have the reading plan and all the notes together in one place to help her understand what she is reading.
The book is also perfect for parents who want to lead their children through the reading plan but don’t have time to research for themselves all of the more challenging interpretive issues. The study notes are intentionally designed to give a reader basic interpretive help on each day’s readings. You can view sample pages below:
I have also published a smaller, 123 page “Worship Guide,” which includes everything except the study notes. This smaller book is intended for families to use during family worship, since it includes the Bible memory, catechism, and hymn for each week in a smaller format. Ideally, a parent could own the full study guide and then purchase a worship guide for each member of the family. You could also use this, of course, if you simply wanted the weekly reading plan, memory, catechism, and hymns, but don’t want the study notes.
Tune My Heart: Bible Narratives Personal Journal
PDF download available here.
This spiral bound volume contains the reading plan, catechism, and Bible memory, along with the three reflection questions for each day’s reading and room to write responses. This is idea for personal devotion, or for children as they prepare answers for later family discussion.
We are publishing these three books as part of a new “Tune My Heart” series, which will include resources designed for personal and family worship. You can still download the reading plan and catechism for free on the “Tune My Heart” page.
My prayer is that these books, and more resources in the Tune My Heart series, will be a great blessing to individual Christians and whole families in their devotional walk with the Lord!