Bible Reading Plans

Overview

theWord allows you to setup a Bible Reading plan to help you read through the Bible, or a part of it. You may choose to follow a pre-created reading plan or create one by yourself that suits your reading habit.

You may create a new Bible Reading plan from the menu File -> New Bible Reading Plan.

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The difference between a pre-defined and a customized reading plan is the selection of passages for each reading session. In a pre-defined plan, the passages that you read each time have been pre-selected. In a customized plan, you have the option to select the passages you want.

A reading session represents the collection of passages from the Bible that you want to read each time. Usually, a reading session corresponds to the readings of a single day.

Pre-defined Reading Plans

Selecting the Choose a pre-defined reading plan option and clicking the Next button will take you to the screen where you can choose from a selection of reading plans:

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From this list you can choose one of the pre-installed reading plans. theWord comes by default with a set of reading plans you can choose from, but you may download and install more reading plans from the official website.

The files that represent reading plans have the extension .rdp.twm.

TIP: The term Reading Plan is used in theWord in 2 different ways:

1.It refers to a pre-defined reading-plan template that you can use as a starting point (like the one you can select here). A template reading-plan is one you can download from the official site, and it will then appear in this list.
2.It refers to the actual, customized-to-your-needs, reading-plan that is the result of this operation, which you follow each day. This one also stores your reading progress and also the scheduled calendar days for all your sessions. A non-template reading plan is the one you customize and then you base your daily readings on.

Customized Reading Plan

Selecting the Create a customized reading plan by yourself option will allow you to pick by yourself the passages from the Bible that you want to base your reading plan:

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The Which Bible do you want to read? options allows you to base your reading plan on a specific Bible translation or just select the passages and use any translation you want.

The Which part of the Bible do you want to read? options allow you to specify the actual books of the Bible from which you want to read a portion each day. The I want to read list contains a pre-defined list of Book combinations that you can base your plan on. Alternatively, you can just enter the actual books you want in the Passages included text area by yourself. Notice, that if you want to read each day from more than one books of the Bible, you just enter the book(s) in a new line.

For example, let's say that you want to read the 4 gospels, 1 chapter from each gospel a day: you will enter in the Passages included text area the following:

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Notice that as you type in the books you want, the Parsed passages area on the left is updated to show you what theWord has understood. You should check this area to make sure that what you entered here is properly understood.

See that at this step you only enter the books that you want to read, not how much you want from each book (this takes place at the next step).

Another example: you want to read each day a part from the Old Testament, a part from the New Testament and a verse from Proverbs: you need to enter the following:

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As you see, there is no indication at this step of how much you want to read from each part of the Bible, just that you want at each session to read a part from these 3 book-ranges.

One last option in this screen is the Passages are the actual readings per session (advanced) checkbox towards the bottom. This is an advanced option and you should normally ignore it. If you check it, then what happens is that theWord will understand that the passages you enter in the Passages included text area above do not refer to books that you want to split apart at the next step, but to actual reading sessions. This is mostly useful for advanced users that want to create their own reading-plan templates and have already split apart the individual passages of the Bible to put in each reading session.

Splitting up passages and setting up your calendar

Clicking the Next button (either from the pre-defined or custom reading plans) will take you to the following screen:

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This is where you setup how often you want to read, and how much you want to read each time.

There are 2 ways to create your Bible reading plan:

1.Select a starting date and then say how often you want to read (e.g. select the days of the week that you want to read).
2.Just split apart the selected Books in passages and complete a reading session each time you want to.

If you prefer the second option, you need to check the I don't want to bind this plan to calendar days check box at the top; else you should select the days of the week that you want to read from the How often do you want to read? options.

The How much do you want to read each time? is where you select the length of the passages that you want to read in each reading session. There are 3 ways to go here, either:

select the date you want to finish on (I want to finish on option)
select in how long you want to finish your readings, e.g. 1 year, 4 months (I plan to finish in option)
select how many verses or chapters you want to read each time (I prefer to read each time option)

Now, depending on your selection, theWord will automatically calculate either the length of the passages (chapters/verses) that you need to read each day (first 2 options), or the date you will end your plan on, if you select the third option.

If in the previous step you have selected to read each day from more than one books, then the following option will appear on the right of the I prefer to read each time option:

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Clicking on this option allows you to select the actual number of verses/chapters you want to read from each book. Taking the previous example where one may want to read each day a part from the Old Testament, a part from the New Testament and a verse from Proverbs, the dialog will look like that:

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See how you can select how much you want to read from each book.

The Cycle if needed option means that if the readings of the selected book(s) end before the other ones, you want them to be repeated. Obviously, when you have chosen to read each day from different books, it is very difficult to split everything in exactly the same number of passages, so this option makes up for it.

Preview your plan before deciding

As you click on different options on this screen, the Quick Info area on the top-right is updated to show you what your selections 'translate to', in terms of how much you read in each session and when your plan will end:

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You can experiment with the options here until you customize the plan exactly as you want. Moreover, clicking on the Preview plan link will show you the actual readings in tabular form:

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Finalizing your plan

Clicking the Next button moves you to the last step of creating your reading plan:

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Here, you can select an Abbreviation, Title and Description for your new plan, as well as select the path of the file where your reading plan will be stored. Remember that the Abbreviation is used in the Book view Tab bar. The Preview Plan link here allows you to take a look to your plan just before you finalize it. You can click on the Previous button if you want to change something.

Click on the Create my Reading Plan button to create the plan: the new reading plan will be added to one of your existing Book views. Please read-on the Using your Bible Reading Plan topic on how you can use your plan to follow on your Daily Readings.

 

 
 
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