Somebody recently asked me how to start reading the bible. They were just kicking off their journey and were looking for handles that made sense. In the moment, I didn't know how to answer them. There's so many good places to start. I didn't know how to prioritize, categorize or communicate where to begin.
I could Google all the best Christian advice on the subject or ask some reputable pastors I know, but I felt compelled to make it more personal. I remember how frustrating it was when I was the one looking for help getting started. I didn't have the same filter as a Bible scholar or even a regular "seasoned church person" and was desperately looking for someone to answer my question in plain English and help me relate it to my life.
After giving this question some thought and reflecting on my own journey, I made this list. For me, these books were the most relatable, practical places for me to get a grip when I was introducing the Bible into my life. In no particular order...
- John ... to learn about Jesus
- Acts ... to learn about the Church
- James ... essential wisdom for daily living
- Ecclesiastes ... an expose of the arrogant and ignorant expectations we fall victim to
- Proverbs ... practical quotes, sayings and images for the here and now
* This list includes my personal recommendations and does not reflect the views of any recognized seminary, theologian or tract authors.