I didn’t think I was going to like it. But I do. By the way, if you’re one of those people who immediately scrolls down to the bottom of any review to see if the person recommends – or doesn’t recommend – what they’re reviewing, allow me to save any strain on your finger-scrolling-muscle and say: Give it a try. You’ll like it.
Before jumping into the benefits and drawbacks, let me start by saying I’m a big fan of using a physical Bible for reading, studying, and preaching. (If you preach or teach the Bible, please read this post.) If you are planning to hunker down in a specific book of the Bible, I would still encourage you to put your tablet, smartphone, or computer away, grab a physical Bible, and dive in.
However…a Bible Read Thru is different from a Bible Study.
In case you’ve just stumbled across this blog, I’ve been doing a Rapid Bible Read Thru for the first four months of every year since 2010. (In 2017 I wrote a book about the What, Why, and How of doing a Rapid Bible Read Thru. You can read reviews or grab a copy right here.) While I’ve read different translations each time, a few years ago was the first time I used a tablet as my primary reading Bible.
NOTE: There are lots of Bible apps out there. Since the free YouVersion Bible App is the one I used – and the most popular Bible app in the world – that’s the one I will reference for this post. However, the same benefits and drawbacks apply no matter which app you choose.
First…the 5 Benefits
1. I spend less time looking up the passages.
My favorite way to do a Rapid Bible Read Thru is chronologically. (You can see my four favorite chronological plans – and even download a free printable plan – by clicking here.)
Since there are lots of times when books overlap, you can end up spending time switching back and forth instead of reading. Having the whole plan laid out for you keeps you immersed in the narrative. (Hmmm…sort of the purpose of a Rapid Bible Read Thru!)