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Modified Horner Bible Reading for 90 Days: The Midpoint

February 16, 2011

Update:  New Facebook discussion group for the Horner Bible Reading plan and variations on it.

I have now completed the first half of the modified Horner 90 day Bible reading plan, and the plan has been enjoyable.  The quantity of reading is really not that different from my previous plan (8 list plan with 12 to 14 chapters); in this plan I always read two chapters from the Pentateuch, which sometimes requires more concentration over the more tedious and longer chapters in the latter part of Exodus.

The first month, one third of the schedule, involved longer books, so that by January 30 I had only completed 9 of the 66 books (Genesis, Joshua, Judges, 1 Chronicles, Lamentations, Daniel, Matthew, Acts, and Romans).  Of course, as the schedule indicates, the second month closes in more of the gaps, completing more books — since by this point many of the books are shorter, especially in the minor prophets and New Testament lists.  So at the halfway point through the list, I have completed reading 22 of the 66 books.

This plan definitely has more emphasis on the history and prophets (six chapters total of those sections), and through this am reminded even more so of Israel’s interesting history, from the early days through to the time of the Babylonian captivity, and their continual rebellion marked with occasional high points such as the kingdom under David and Solomon.  2 Chronicles also highlights a few good times when the people responded to God’s word and experienced immediate blessings, as under King Asa.  Even among the prophets I see some parallels and references to other books — such as recent reading in Jeremiah 26:18-19, in which the people recall the days of Micah of Moresheth.  In the other prophets list I am about to start reading Micah’s prophesy as well.

Here are a few other interesting combinations from recent reading:

  • judgments related to nature and crops:  the hailstorm of Egypt (Exodus 9:22-32) and a thunderstorm to destroy the crops of the Israelites when they ask for a king (1 Samuel 12:17).
  • Isaiah 63:12-13, the same day as reading the account in Exodus 14 (crossing the Red Sea)
  • Mark 7:10, the same day as reading the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20
  1. Sonja
    February 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Lynda! I read your comment at Team Pyro and when you stated that your daily reading included Lev. 19, I wondered if you were using Prof. Horner’s plan. And you are! I am too and loving it. I’m interested in reading your modifications, so bookmarking your blog. It’s exciting that you’re picking up the combinations too. I’ve found so many in Job (2nd time through) for instance. It’s a great plan for me to use and I’m so happy I gave it a try. Wasn’t sure it would work for me. I’ve modified only to swap out Romans for Acts as List 10, but otherwise keeping with the program.

    Nice to meet you!


  2. February 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Sonja!

    Nice to meet you too! Yes, as I’ve referenced several times on this blog, I’ve been enjoying the Prof. Horner Bible reading plan — almost two years now, and what a great way to read and study scripture. Do you ever go to the Facebook Horner group? I’ve discussed it with others there several times as well. I’ve modified it a few times along the way, doing 12 one-chapter lists for a while, then down to 8 lists / 12-14 chapters, and now — just one time — a 90 day variation. It’s a great reading method, one that is flexible for changes, while keeping the basic genre format — and the reading combinations are always interesting.


  3. Sonja
    February 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks for replying. 🙂 Two years? I’m on day 107, and I know that only because that’s the next Psalm to read. I feel like I’ll never finish up the prophetic books so I understand why you’ve added/subtracted chapters to mix it up. I can see the minor prophets (never liked that term) being a separate list and I might do that once I get through List 9 (and I have a long way to go). Then I can get more “aha” moments. 🙂

    I will check out Facebook, thank you — it’s helpful to read how others are using it which is why I had to check out your blog, and a very good one it is.


  4. February 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks. Yes, that was a small thrill in itself to easily know what “day” I was on, based on the Psalm number. 🙂 For many months I kept track of what day I was on by using an Excel spreadsheet, and after completing the Psalms it was easy to forget the day number. The plan I’m currently doing is just a one-time thing, to read through the Bible in 90 days. My “normal” modified plan that I’ll restart, in April, includes 8 lists, and for that plan I read two chapters at a time through the OT history and prophets sections, so the longest lists (those two) are 124 and 125 days. I described it in more detail here: https://scripturethoughts.wordpress.com/2010/08/21/horner-bible-reading-system-further-enhancements/

    Before that 8 list plan, I had tried reading two separate one-chapter lists of OT history and prophets, with one list around 133 days and the other 115 or so (which I described in my original post about the Horner Bible reading plan).

    Of course it’s all a matter of preference, but I like the idea of reading through the OT history and prophets in a little over four months, for almost three times per year.

  5. Sonja
    February 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Lynda, I really want to thank you for putting up with me! I can be somewhat of a bother. 🙂


    Your sister in Christ,

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