“Consequently faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the preached word of Christ.” -Romans 10:17
Two years ago, I read over 80 books in one year. Last year, I read more than 50 books. So far this year, I have finished two books.
But as I am writing these words, we are 25 days into the year and I have listened through 47 books of the Bible.
This year, I am also participating in a one-year Bible reading plan, and I am reading each day’s portion of the Bible out loud.
I am reading it at a whisper, as I read at 5:30 A.M. and I do not want to wake up my wife or daughter, but it is still out loud.
I have come to see that if we are not just reading the Bible, but also hearing it read, then we are missing out on a layer of the text. We miss out on the rhythm of the poetic texts. We miss out on the rhetoric in speeches. Jesus is a lot snappier and whittier when you hear his words out loud. YouTube has a vast assortment of different translations in audio/video format. Find one that works for you; I recommend the NIV Dramatized AudioBible playlist uploaded by The Bible-smith Project.