A couple of things:
Some of the comments actually do seem to go in the direction of, "__ chapters?? That's nothing! A real Christian would read at least __ chapters!"
I don't for a minute think that's the intent, but here are a few clarifiers:
First, any number can be rubbished and upped by some factor.
Second, some commenters seem to think I'm setting a minimum. But if you read the whole post, you'll note I'm not sticking to that minimum, myself. It's just a minimum... to get through the Bible in a year.
Third, I'm not suggesting that's all the Bible-reading I'll do! Hel-lo, it's a minimum!
Fourth, some of the comments come from the opposite direction of my own thinking. They seem to feel I'm taking huge-Bible-readers and telling them to slow down.
By contrast, I'm looking at a professing-church-full of undisciplined Bible readers, many of whom have NO plan, TOO many of whom have never actually read the whole Bible through even once.
Many of them would find M'Cheyne overwhelming, and would quit after the first busy day. Any honest person would have to admit, it's a bear to catch up on M'Cheyne! To them, I'm saying, "Read at this rate, and you'd get through the Bible in a year."
Fifth and finally, I'm not sure the goal is to see how fast you can blaze through the Bible. Is it? I don't doubt that, if you can read quickly and attentively, you will see certain themes and developments more like the writers meant you to. But you'll miss a lot, too. You do know the phrase "Whirlwind tour," right? And the pluses and minuses of such an approach?
So let's keep in mind a few minimums:
- The only really bad Bible reading plan is to plan not to read it. Bad plan. Bad plan!
- Second-worst is no plan at all.
- The plan you pick should be both doable and challenging. A verse a day is just silly. A book a day is probably too much... well, unless it's Jude, 3 John or Obadiah.
- If your last-year's plan was quick, then maybe do a slower one this year. If you were reading 4-7+ chapters from various books, consider mine of 3-minimum through mainly single books, for this year. (That's why I'm doing what I'm doing, BTW; I've probably read through the Bible dozens of times on various plans over the last 35+ years.)
- The most important thing is to do it. I just don't see the value in picking a marvelous plan I'll never do. Pick a doable/challenging plan, and do it, by God's grace.