Join the Book-a-Week Bible Challenge!

    Happy 2014, ladies! I hope the new year is starting off great for each of you.

    Girls, as I was browsing the comments about what you’d like to see on Project Inspired this year, I noticed more than a few were about wanting to see more goals and challenges on the site.

    I feel like God is telling me that 2014 will be full of challenges for many people. I don’t think challenges themselves are necessarily good or bad. Challenges help us learn and grow, and the results can be very exciting!

    I want to start off the year encouraging all of us to make more time for the Word of God in our lives, so I’ve developed a challenge for each of us to read one book of the Bible each week for the next six weeks.

    Here’s the order.

    Week 1: Philemon

    Week 2: Ruth

    Week 3: Ephesians

    Week 4: Ezra

    Week 5: Ecclesiastes

    Week 6: Gospel of Mark

    Girls, you may notice that while the books on the list aren’t super long, they do get a little longer each week. That’s so we can be challenged to spend a little more time in God’s Word as we go.

    If you’re a fast reader, then at the beginning of the challenge when the books are really short, try reading through them more than once during the week. This is a great way to really put the Word of God in your heart!

    I’ll be joining you in this challenge to get more of God’s Word each week. I’m really excited to share this journey with you and to hear your thoughts on the books we’ll be reading!

    “I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.” —Psalm 119:15-16

    How about it, girls—will you join me in the Book-a-Week Bible Challenge?

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    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit for more on her work. You can also connect with her on and


    1. I like the idea of this challenge and encouraging us to read our Bibles, but I don’t think that’s how the Bible ought to be read. I think it was written with the intention that we not just read it, but urge ourselves to seek to understand it.

      These books might be short, but some of them are really, REALLY hard to understand! I’ve read some of them several times and I still don’t understand them completely.

      I’m not trying to be offensive — I just wanted to say that part of reading God’s Word is understanding it, and while I love the idea, I don’t think a week is long enough to absorb all of what God is trying to say to us.

      Good luck to all you girls who are joining the challenge! This is an awesome idea to get into God’s Word.

    2. Thank you so much for starting this!! I really feel this desire to know more and grow closer to God by reason his word and I’ve been praying he help me know where to start! God listens, I am soo excited to join this n since it’s for the week I will totally b able to manage between school work and reading!

    3. I just feel I should say this:

      Girls never ever question the importance of reading God’s Word! It is such a blessing to do so. Even if you don’t always feel like it, just read anyway! God can change your heart and life in amazing ways through Hid Word! I’ve grown into loving His Word, reading the Bible has changed me in so many ways! There ks always something new tondiscover. You will draw do much nearer to your Savior! Before you read ask God to guide you with the Holy Spirit and tell you what you need to hear through His word and afterwards pray again and earnestly ask God to help you apply what you have read to your life.

    4. I want the Acteens at my church to do this and every time we meet on Wednesday , discuss what we have learned and what God is trying to say to is through his word, and also how to apply it to our daily lives 🙂

    5. Girls, I’m super excited to see how many of you have said that you’re planning to do this!

      Many of you thought it would be a cool idea to set up a topic about this in the Girl Talk Forums, so I did! You can find the Book-a-Week Bible Challenge topic in the Girl Talk Forum in “Christian Life” under “Bible Study”.

      You can post questions there and I’ll do my best to answer them. Let’s talk about what we’re learning from each book so that we can be an encouragement to each other! 😀

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