Have you read the most-printed book of all time? According to Wikipedia, that book would be the Bible, which is at the top of their “List of most-printed single-volume books” with 5 billion plus copies.
For the record, the Quran comes in second at 4 billion. Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities” is fifth on the list with 200 million copies. J.R.R. Tolkien has two works in the Top Ten – “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” (eight and nine, respectively).
The Guinness World Records website agrees with Wikipedia – “there is little doubt that the Bible is the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book.”
The question I have for you today is this: Have you ever read the #1 best-selling and most widely published book in history? If not, I’d like to encourage you give it a try. And here’s an easy way to do so in a relatively short period of time.
Like any book, it’s important that you read the whole thing. Depending on what version you choose, the Bible is around 1,200 pages long. So if you’d like to read the Bible in a year, all you have to do is read 3-4 pages a day.
But let’s be a bit more realistic and assume that it’s unlikely you’ll read the Bible every day for the next 365 days. So how about this goal: you read the Bible five days a week for the next 50 weeks. This gives you a little breathing room, right?
Here’s the math on this approach: 1,200 pages divided by 250 days equals about 5 pages per day. That’s all it takes – five pages a day, five days a week, and you’ll have read the whole Bible in a year. What do you say? Give it a try and let me know how it goes.
If your goal is to read the Bible in a year, check your version to see how many pages it has. Whatever the amount, divide it by 250 to get the approximate number of pages you’ll need to read, assuming you go with the five days a week plan.
Of course, if you’d like to take less time, say six months instead of twelve, just double the number of pages per day.
One final comment: there’s no need to wait until January 1 to start. You can begin today! Any day is a good day to read the Bible, the best-selling book of all time.