Habit #3: Engage the Bible

Engage the Bible

Out of all the habits you can develop, engaging the Bible is perhaps the most important. Donald Whitney, a leading teacher on spiritual disciples, writes, “No spiritual discipline is more important than the intake of God’s Word. Nothing can substitute for it. There simply is no healthy Christian life apart from a diet of the milk and meat of Scripture.”

We want to provide you with some resources to help.

Big Idea
Engage the Bible by reading or listening to Scripture daily. Engaging the Bible is essential to the Christian life.

Choose Your Actions

Choose one or more of the following:

  • Choose a format that works for you: paper, electronic, or audio.
  • Investigate Bible reading plans, and choose one that interests you and fits your schedule.
  • Find friends who want to read the Bible regularly, and form a group for discussion and mutual support.

Suggested Resources


Paper Bibles

Here are a few of my favorite Study Bibles:

Another option is a Reader’s Bible. A Reader’s Bible allow you to read the Bible without verse numbers, section headings, and translation footnotes, more like a regular book. For instance, check out the ESV Reader’s Bible.

If you like to write in your Bibles, then a journaling Bible is a great option. I also like the ESV Scripture Journals. They provide separate volumes for each book of the Bible, with lightly lined blank pages next to each page of Bible text.

Electronic Bibles
Audio Bibles
  • I love the Dwell app. There’s a subscription fee, but it’s worth it.
  • Another interesting audio Bible is called her.bible, featuring female narrators.
  • Audible.com sells a good selection of audio Bibles, such as the audio version of the One Year Bible.
  • Some of the apps mentioned in the Electronic Bible section also feature audio Bibles.

Bible Reading Plans

Other Resources

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