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Friday Fave 5 ~ of sorts

OK – not the usual Friday Fave 5 – but these are 5 favourite things I’ve been thinking about this week.

Am I still allowed to play Suzanne? 🙂

1. Stories

Once upon a time …

Does that story starter  give you a delicious, cozy, cuddle down and let’s begin, sort of feeling?

It does for me.

Ahem – sorry.

Once upon a time, when my middle boy was around 2 and a half, he had a favourite book called

I Am A Bunny by Richard Scarry.

He insisted on reading it every night.

It began like this:

“I am a bunny. My name is Nicholas. I live in a hollow tree”

He loved to finish the lines:  “Bunny” “Nicholas”  “Holly tree” 🙂


would laugh uproariously if we would insert a mistake such as:

“I am a bunny. My name is George”

He knew that book – he anticipated each page – he could recite it – he loved it.


2. The Story 

I’ve been reading another story – the Bible –  for 39 years.

One book (actually 66, but you know that) for 39 years.

Yet I do not “know” that book like my little guy knew I Am A Bunny.

But early last fall something changed.

I read Ann, without an e, V.

She shared a link and my Bible reading was forever changed.

No rocket science in this plan

Just reading

and reading

and reading


3 The Plan

Here it is:

1. Choose a book of the Bible.
2. Read it in its entirety.
3. Repeat #2 twenty times.
4. Repeat this process for all 66 books of the Bible.

This link from The Evangelical Outpost  explains it in more detail.

This plan is based on a little book written over 100 years ago by James Gray – How To Master The English Bible


4. Putting It into Action

I tried it with the book of Ephesians.

It was true, as one writer described, that by the 5th time through, it began to feel tedious.

But by the 8th time, I went  “through a wall and found riches of meaning”

By the 20th time I knew that I wasn’t finished – I read it 10 more times.

I knew the book – intimately.

  • I savoured it as I went about my daily work
  • thought about it as I drove in the car
  • wove it through my speech in an entirely natural way
  • and prayed it throughout the day and when I woke at night.

It was the best Bible reading plan I’ve tried.

But then along came a Bible Study that I wanted to do and this Bible reading plan was laid aside for a few months.

I’ve participated in two Bible Studies since – one personal and one group – and I can tell you that they have enriched me, but they have not permeated my thinking in the way that this very simple Bible reading plan has.

So I’m returning to it.

5. Memorizing the Story

Another Ann, also without an e, has inspired me even further.

with this:

I am working on Ephesians 1 – for starters.  I’m a little late joining but it doesn’t matter.

The important thing is to start and keep at it.

I don’t know about you, but I need the inspiration and support of others who are also memorizing Scripture.

I used to think,

“Oh dear, I’m so slow at memorizing. This passage will take forever!”

but this line from Cerulean Sanctum put that excuse thought in perspective:

You’re eternal – live like it.”

It really doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as I am doing it.


Well, those are my five favourite thoughts to share from this week.

Ann K has all sorts of memory helps and encouragement if you are interested in joining Mega Memory Month.

And to read more Friday’s Fave 5, visit Suzanne’s at Living To Tell The Story.

Hope your weekend is filled to the brim with favourite things!

with love and thanks for you,


25 thoughts on “Friday Fave 5 ~ of sorts

  1. Wow, you obviously touched something deep with this one, judging from all the comments. I agree it is a really great idea! I read all my other fav books over and over and over. And I remember how I devoured the Bible when I was given one in a more modern translation when I was 12! That’s always been my favorite way to study it; just reading and reading it. I did a lot more when the boys were in homeschool – they memorized the book of James for instance – I am slipping a little lately and find myself hungry for the Word…


  2. Home Again says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. It’s always inspirational. I too have tried to meditate sometimes more on shorter passages, looking for the nugget rather than skipping through quickly and not understanding. There’s so much to glean.


  3. Like the idea of reading the bible like that….mind you….I don’t know if I can do it. I need to live more like I am eternal. I put the Everyday Bible out for hubby and I to read. Have not been doing great. I will make a better stab at it. (o:


  4. WOW! I absolutely LOVE this concept, of reading the book over and over! I’m preparing to teach a ladies’ Bible study in the fall on John 15 (abiding, the vine and branches, ets.) and I’ve been reading the passage almost every day–that’s all I’m doing for January! But I think NOW, I’ll read the whole BOOK over and over! Can’t wait to read some of the links you mentioned–VERY cool, thanks for mentioning it, this was a great post!-Tabitha


  5. I saw that link on Ann V’s blog and thought it sounded wonderful. I’m currently reading various scriptures using a 30 day Lectio Divinia type emphasis (not use if I’ve spelt LD correctly there). LD is about reading and reading a scripture section, meditating and praying about it. At first it felt repetative and tedious, but I did start to enjoy and really let the words soak in. It’s early days but it’s good.


  6. Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts! I definitely am interested in The Plan! I think sometimes when we read through the bible in a year, we skim through it too much. Hard to meditate on it.I also like your quote: you’re eternal – live like it. What a profound concept! What does it matter how long it takes me to do something …My daughters’ favorite book when they were little was "Is Your Mama a Llama?" Sometimes I quote part of it just for fun!


  7. Hi Kathie ~ new idea to me after all these years! Thank you so much for the links to check out, too. My husband is teaching now in Ephesians, and we have gotten to know the book well. But I’m sure not as well as I would after reading it 20 times. I’m going to try this. Have a wonderful weekend!


  8. Kathie, Just this evening we were talking in our Bible study group about the benefit of reading through the Bible in a year, but that there is something different about really reading and reading and MEDITATING on one section of Scripture that makes it come alive (as you stated) and really sink in to your thoughts and your heart. Thanks for this reminder (hmm, this may be a God-nudge).Willow


  9. Julana says:

    We read I Am A Bunny almost every night for several years. Thanks for the reminder. Fascinating post by Joe. Thank you for that link.


  10. Great list and great post! And I’m glad you linked to MMM for people who might want to jump in. As you point out, we’ve got much longer than a month to work on it! And just to be completely clear–the photo for the button is of a coral. I *think* it’s "brain coral," but after I made the button I found other photos of brain coral, and they looked swirlier and even more brain-like than this particular royalty-free photo I found. Anyway, I liked that it was beautiful and looked like a brain, but wasn’t a brain. But because it looks *so much* like a brain, I think it’s actually grossed out a few people, and for that, I feel bad. The next time MMM comes around, I’ll redesign it without the vividly brain-like looking photo. Maybe I’ll return to the apple on the book, like last time around (October’s MMM button). Live and blog and learn.


  11. Oh my goodness, "I am a Bunny" was an all-time favorite at our house too. I was saying the beginning words right with you! It’s been awhile since I’ve read that book.And about the Good Book, I am going to give your method of reading 20x each book. I can’t wait to do it. Thank you, Kathie for recommending it.Blessings,Jody


  12. I like your Bible reading idea. I usually just keep reading a section until I am satisfied with it. The idea of reading the Bible in a year does not appeal to me, but my husband does it every year. I like your top 5 this week!


  13. I love the idea of reading each book twenty times. I know that the books I’ve loved and reread over and over again have truly become a small part of me. How wonderful to really plant the word so deeply. Thank you for sharing all of this.


  14. That is a powerful quote: "You’re eternal-Live like it". I’m going to put that up somewhere where it can remind me several times a day!My older daughter’s fave book growing up was "Bears in Pairs". Both she and I never tired of cuddling up and reading the gentle rhyming and looking at the colorful bears. She knew every word too.


  15. I love your fave 5 post, Kathie. I’ve been reading the Bible that way, too, for a year now. It’s amazing how much more I remember and sometimes even the book it came from :0) Gets a bit tougher when you hit the longer books but still great to linger a long time in each.I bought a couple of L.M. Montgomery books from Friends of the Library yesterday, Emily of New Moon, and A Tangled Web…Have a wonderful weekend.


  16. Like the idea of reading the bible like that….mind you….I don’t know if I can do it. I need to live more like I am eternal. I put the Everyday Bible out for hubby and I to read. Have not been doing great. I will make a better stab at it. (o:


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