I have been a Christian for about 7 years now. I’ve read the Bible all the way through 3 times and counting.

I’m not saying that to brag, but rather to tell you there is still so much I don’t know!

Last year I read the Bible in one year on my iPad using the YouVersion app. It’s a free Bible you can use on your phone, tablet, and computer. They all sync together so you can read from your laptop at home, your phone while you’re at the car wash, or your tablet while you’re relaxing at the park. It’s very convenient!

Now that we’ve got the convenience part down, let’s talk about the comprehension part.

Although I’ve read and heard many of the stories in the Bible several times, I learn something new each time that I didn’t catch from before. When I was trying to read the Bible in one year in 2012, it made it hard to take the time to stop and think about what I was reading. I always felt like I was in a rush. If I didn’t understand something, I just moved on and – oh well.

For the past month I’ve been taking some time to go through the Bible at a slower pace. It’s really helping! I’m using something called a Bible commentary. I have two of them, which have been sitting on my book shelf for quite some time, but now the tan one is in my family room where I typically do my reading.

A commentary is basically a more detailed understanding of Scripture. It gives some insight and perspective that you may not have thought about before. Not all commentaries are created equal. Some are more detailed than others. For example, in my photo above, the commentary on the left isn’t as descriptive as I would like, so I’m using the one from William MacDonald. If you do decide to purchase one, make sure you look through a couple and compare them to see which style you like best. Happy reading!