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Passages: How Reading the Bible in a Year Will Change Everything for You

by Brian Hardin

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NCLA Review: Brian Hardin, the online podcast creator of Daily Audio Bible, shares his story of what God has done through his ministry. Since the beginning of his project in 2006, his podcasts have reached millions of people around the world at the rate of 1.5 million downloads a month. Hardin explains why most Christians do not read the Bible except for small passages at a time. The Bible is God’s story which is meant to be consumed in large chunks and read in context. To motivate us to read the Bible, he shares stories of others who have been transformed through hearing the Bible read aloud. Many of us have attempted to read the Bible on our own but have failed. One of the best ways to do it, he believes, is in community with friends who are willing to take the challenge with us. And, he says, by sharing the truths we have found that changed our lives, we are encouraging others to see how God’s story speaks to all of us in different ways. Hardin writes: “The whole story is an amazing display of God’s mighty power and his passionate love which transcend the ages.” When I finished this tremendously motivating book, I headed over to the Daily Audio Bible website where I listened to Brian Hardin’s excellent podcast reading for the day. I followed up on that by reading the blogs coming in from around the world from others who were listening in community with me. Also found at the website were podcasts of children reading the Bible for other children, as well as podcasts spoken in several languages. Brian Hardin has made reading/hearing the Bible on a daily basis attainable.
Rating: 4 —BJM ( )
  ncla | Jul 31, 2012 |
I have a very "sketchy" background with religion. So my understanding of the Bible is virtually non-existent. But I'm getting to a point in my life where I'm ready to start understanding and building a relationship with God through the Bible. I'm not going to go into any of the details about my background, but I do feel I should let you know that about a week before I received the invitation to do this book tour I had started looking for a Bible and was ready to start reading it. So this book couldn't have come into my life at a better time. My review is going to focus on this book, but I do want to mention that the schedule to read the Bible within a year given in the back has been a great guidance for me. It's put together in such a way that makes it not so overwhelming to read the Bible. I've been following it for a few weeks now and I have to say I really like the way it breaks things up. If I got nothing else out of this book, I got that.

Brian Hardin has put together the Daily Audio Bible in which he follows the schedule from the book and reads the Bible through a podcast. This book focuses on how he started the Daily Audio Bible and how his life (and others) has changed from having the Bible as part of their lives everyday.

He uses a little humor, a little emotion, and a lot of experience to explain how reading the Bible everyday can make a difference in our lives. It's not a book that just says "go read the Bible because I said so". It's more along the lines of "when you're ready to make a commitment to the Bible here's a good way to do it. And if you don't think you're ready for that commitment here's reasons why you might decide to change your mind." It wasn't pushy, it was just him telling his story and sharing his experiences with the Bible in his life.

I think my favorite parts are where he shares a message from one of the people who belong to the Daily Audio Bible community. They all give a different reason for starting to read the Bible, and yet the results are all the same, they've changed on a spiritual level. It's very inspiring to say the least.

I really liked his presentation and I am glad that I was able to read this one. It's given me a focus and direction on something I was ready to do anyway. Hardin is able to share his experience in ways that make sense to me. He has the ability to get on paper what is going on in his head without it being confusing. Being a reviewer I know how hard it can be to get the words you want to materialize, and so I respect that ability.

Overall a really good book that left me chomping at the bit to get to my Bible each time I picked it up. ( )
  Justjenniferreading | Jul 9, 2012 |
We’ve all made that promise to ourselves, the New Year’s resolution that this will be the year that I read through the entire Bible (And yes that does include Leviticus and Numbers!) and after a few weeks or months we give up trying, making excuses to why we do not have the time or opportunities to continue reading the Bible daily.

Brian Hardin has written with a passion for why we need to sink our teeth into the Word of God and not just by reading the Bible daily but my listening to it, by becoming a part of a community while studying scripture. He takes the time to help each of us understand why we cannot simply read the Bible to in order to check it off of our daily list of chores but how we must interact with the Word and take active part in it.

Hardin uses not only his experiences but the experiences of others to share how engaging in a daily Bible reading/listening schedule will change you from the inside out, how making the time to dig into the Word will change who you are, who your family is and will build your relationships with God.

Through this book we are invited into a daily transformation that comes only from God. Hardin has given the motivation by not telling us that we should be reading our Bible daily but he shares his passion and understanding to why we should each take this step and to understand how the Bible is not another thing to push aside in our schedules and how it is a daily life changer for each of us.

Those looking to get closer to God and need the motivation, this book is the perfect place to start! I highly recommend this for anyone that wants to start reading their Bible more, and for those who have simply been reading their Bible because they are supposed to.

I received this book from the Publisher through the Litfuse program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. ( )
  Organicshoes | Jun 27, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0310329191, Paperback)

Many Christians feel guilty when they think of reading the Bible. Though they want to love reading Scripture, they rarely have time for more than a few verses on the run. But the Bible is not meant to be a burden. It is the story of God's passionate love for His children. It is also not a book of mystical incantations. It is a best friend offering counsel and companionship. And it is not a distant relic, but something very near. Near enough, in fact, to be every reader's story. So how do Christians delight in this story rather than see it as a source of failure? The founder of the immensely popular Daily Audio Bible, Brian Hardin shows readers how reading through the Bible in a year will change their life and the lives of others. Passages shows readers how to read the Bible and offers practical ideas for immersing themselves in God's life-giving words. Here readers will discover that reading the Bible can be a breathtaking adventure.

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The founder of Daily Audio Bible, Brian Hardin, shows readers how reading through the Bible in a year will change their life and the lives of others. Passages shows readers how to read the Bible and offers practical ideas for immersing themselves in God's life-giving words. --from publisher description… (more)

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