Bible in 90 Days (#B90Days) Final Wrap Up!


I finished the challenge on day 86. Wow. I’m so glad I decided to participate! I’ve never successfully read all the way through the Bible from cover to cover, much less in this type of timeframe. 

I really loved how I was able to get a “big picture”, “birds eye” view of God’s entire plan of redemption, spanning both Old and New Testaments. I have understood the historical “timeline” if you will, and even the flow of the books themselves, but it now has a whole new depth. I think especially reading it in such a short period of time allowed for picking up on things that might not be picked up on reading it in a longer plan. When I got to the Gospels and Epistles, it had literally only been a few weeks since I’d been reading the OT books that were being alluded to, so it was very fresh in my mind. Much different than flipping back and forth to see the cross references. I could remember reading the reference and what the immediate context was quite clearly.  I especially noticed this when it came to the Gospels, Hebrews, and Revelation.


Another thing I found edifying was reading an entire book in one sitting. This was especially true for some of the longer Epistles, which I’ve generally read broken up in several readings in the past. Even a book like Romans that I’m very familiar with has a new dimension when read all at once, following the train of thought unbroken. When I reached the Epistle, I ignored where the schedule said to stop and read at least a book at a time, more for the shorter ones. I was especially blessed reading Romans and Hebrews this way. 


Of course, I still love and value in depth study. It’s absolutely necessary. There’s value in both ways, and in many ways I see that a quick, intense reading straight through and deeper study actually complement each other. I know that things that came to light for me as I read will be applied when I go back to study in depth. I will definitely do the 90 day plan again…I feel certain that each time through will add another layer of depth to my understanding as more and more things jump out or hit home each time.


I really loved the accountability. The check-ins, having a mentor, and cheering each other on were essential…I probably would have petered out trying to do it on my own. I’m so grateful to Amy for putting this together, for all those who volunteered to be mentors, and for all the fellow readers who cheered each other on. 


So, those are my thoughts as we wrap up this challenge. I will most definitely be involved when the next challenge starts in January.

For updates from other participants or to find out more about the challenge, visit Mom’s Toolbox. Be sure to check out my previous updates also.

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  1. Way to go, Kara! I think that I will want to do this again too. Not sure what that will look like just yet, whether I'll read myself, whether I'll try to have the kids doing one of the kid/teen plans… but this was a good experience. 🙂

  2. Congratulations on finishing up a few days early! 🙂 I finished on day 90 and am so glad as well to have taken this challenge on! I have been so blessed in so many ways! Looking forward to reading it again in January with you!

  3. Way to go, Kara!! 🙂

  4. YAY! Just stopping in to congratulate my fellow readers! I enjoyed your post and esp. the part on what you got out of reading a book in one sitting, I agree.Blessings,Amy @ Missional Mama

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