The Bible Recap

 How was your weekend?  My kids have the day off and WE ARE LOVING IT!  When the weather is nice out and we’re at home, I feel almost guilty for being super lazy but in the winter I have no guilt.  Give me ALL THE LAZY WINTER days.  🙂  My winter weekends have been so lazy that I dare you to ask me if my Christmas tree is still up.  Tab and I have had big intentions every weekend and we lose our motivation around 10:00 a.m. every Saturday.  It’s happening sometime this week though.

Today, I’m talking about something I’m LOVING…
The Bible Recap!

Before I start, I want to remind you I’m by no means a Bible Recap expert. For the record I’ve only been working through this plan for the last 17 days {because I started a day late}, but I found this plan through a friend who shared she’d been reading through it in 2020.  I’m here to pass this on to you!

The Bible Recap’s plan is a chronological plan to read through the entire bible in one year.  So far it’s varied from two to four chapters a day for my daily reading.  And The Bible Recap then takes those chapters that we read and breaks them down into well, for lack of a better word, a recap.  The Recap breaks it down in such a way it’s super easy to understand.

You can find all the ways to get started right here on their website.

This seems like a plan you can make work for you depending on whatever amount of time you have to commit…there are groups you can be a part of to dive deeper into the daily reading, the study guide questions can be answered, and more.  Or you can read the verses and the recap in under twenty minutes.  It can be adapted for whatever type of program you’re looking for.

This is what I’m doing…I read the daily chapters, then the recap in the Bible Recap book, read the study guide daily questions and answer those and then listen to the podcast.  I’m also finishing up a devotional book and will change it up a bit with whatever I do with it-simply because the exact same thing for 365 days sounds like a lot to me. 

I purchased the Bible Recap book {I found it on sale at} and the Bible Recap study guide {this guide has 2-5 questions for each day}.  I got lots of questions about these.  Do you have to have them?  Absolutely not!  The book is pretty much the podcast but in written word.  The podcast might have just a little more information.  I like reading and listening but it’s absolutely not necessary.  

If you have the YouVersion Bible App, you can find this plan under The Bible Recap with Tara-Leigh Cobble.  Once you begin, it’s easy to stay on track with this app.  I use the app, but read the verses in my bible.  I will add here-The Bible Recap uses the ESV.  

I got TONS of messages via Instagram about how many of you guys are doing this plan in 2021 {and many of you have done it before} and are LOVING it!!

Some questions I received {many of these were asked multiple times}…

*Am I using an ESV Bible? 
No, I wasn’t but after two weeks of using my NIV, I decided I’d prefer to be using the same version so I ordered one and am awaiting it’s arrival.  You don’t have to though.

*Is the book easier to follow than the app?
No, the book is {almost} the equivalent to the podcast…it’s the podcast in book form.

*How much time each day do you need?
I’d say it’s really up to you!  But at the least-I’d say 15-20 minutes.  I’ve heard from many of you that you listen to the podcast while you’re getting ready.  I like listening in the early morning with a quiet house and a cup of coffee.

*Am I using a certain system for highlighting?
No, I take little notes for myself in my bible but don’t use a highlighting system.

*Do you need a certain bible for this?
No, the app {or you can even print out the plan} tells you what chapters to read each day and you read those from your own bible or directly from the app.  

*Do you think it’s boring?
No, not at all.  I’m sure some books are more challenging {I’m looking at you Numbers and Leviticus}, but for now I’m reading Genesis and Job-it hasn’t been boring at all.

If you listen to the podcast, be sure to check out the show notes.  On certain days, you’ll find links to The Bible Project’s introduction to a new book or other resources allowing us to dig deeper into certain verses.

Again, I’m no expert or Bible scholar but am a mom/wife/daughter/friend who’s found a new Bible plan this year that’s helping me learn so much about God’s word.  2021 is going to be a great year!  I’m so excited about reading through this with many of you! 

If you have any other questions, {I think I answered most that I got through IG}, please let me know and if you’ve read this plan {or are reading}, let us know what you think!

Happy Monday, Everyone!

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  1. 1.18.21
    Maggie Eterno said:

    Oh my goodness!! I am doing this and I’m loving it, too! I’ve tried to read the Bible in one year many times before and I have failed…. but this makes me hopeful. The way the Bible Recap does it, it makes me feel like each day has a purpose and I am able to stay engaged. It’s great!

  2. 1.18.21
    Elspeth Mizner said:

    I love the idea of reading and then answering questions or reflections to make sure you are grasping if. Super smart. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 1.18.21
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    So many people are going to read the Bible this year because of YOU!! That is amazing!!!

  4. 1.18.21
    Caitlin Davies said:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. It’s a goal of mine to read the actual word more this year, would you mind sharing which ESV Bible you purchased? I am looking to buy one!

  5. 1.18.21
    Amy said:

    I used Bible recap in 2020 and loved it. But I didn’t use the you version plan, I used an app called Dwell. It’s an audio Bible app. I just selected the chronological reading plan and then every day I’d just listen to the Bible passage on dwell, then the recap on my podcast app! Her breakdown is SO helpful!

  6. 1.18.21
    Donna Simpson said:

    You can also use the Bible Gateway on your phone and choose what version of the Bible to read on it. It has almost all of the versions on it! I did the Bible recap last year and just read the ESV version on my phone through the Bible Gateway. It's a great way to do it if you don't want to order a new Bible!!

  7. 1.18.21
    Lydia D said:

    Hi Erika! I hope you enjoy your day off. I was hopeful to see you acknowledge the reason for the day off, though, which is to honor MLK Jr. and his legacy. I think it's especially important this year, in the wake of the racial reckoning and conversation our country continues to be in.

  8. 1.18.21
    Me said:

    Nothing worse than someone promoting a bible app and then posting affiliate links to christian books. You are just trying to line your pockets. You are such a phony. All you care about is money. Also, today is MLK day. Go away!

  9. 1.18.21
    Erika Slaughter said:

    First of all, you must not have clicked on those links or you'd have noticed they aren't affiliate links. I'm not "a phony" nor do I "only care about money", which is why I found the Bible Recap book on sale (not an affiliate link) and shared it.

    You've been leaving me rude, hateful, horrible, and just plain awful comments about myself, my friends, and my family since August. I don't understand why you continue to read here if you despise me so much (per your comments there's no doubt you feel this way).

    Every time someone leaves a comment on my blog your IP address shows up so I know exactly who you are and where you live. I'm not sure what has happened in your life but for so much hatred, bitterness and anger to come through in all your comments I simply cannot imagine. This was by far your nicest comment so I thank you for that. Dare I say after five months of the most hateful comments being called, "a phony" and hearing, "all I care about is money" are somewhat refreshing? I want you to know I pray for you EVERY SINGLE DAY. If I disliked someone as much as you dislike me, I'd never continue going to read something they'd written, but you do. And I have to believe there's a reason for that.

  10. 1.18.21
    Paula said:

    First time hearing of this app/program. Thank you for sharing. Actually sounds like something to listen to while running errands.

  11. 1.18.21
    JudyH said:

    I am loving the Bible Recap…doing the New Testament! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! I look forward to each new day and what I will glean from God’s word!

  12. 1.19.21
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I'm looking at you Numbers and Leviticus made me lol.

  13. 1.19.21
    angie said:

    I've started the Bible Recap as well this year. I read in the mornings at home and then the podcast kicks off my commute to work each morning. I started a week or so into January, but love how the app auto adjusted for me to keep up with my reading days, not by the calendar date! I'm considering buying the book for keepsake and reference. I did start a note on my phone because I like how she asks what did you learn about God each day. So, I started with 1. and each day I'm adding something I learn about God from that days scripture. I'm hopeful at the end of the year, let's be honest, about Jan 7ish, 2022 I'll have 1-365 things to be true that I know about God. I hadn't seen the extra questions book, thanks for sharing!

  14. 1.19.21
    Unknown said:

    I love the Bible Recap! I am starting on third year with this plan. Excited to be using the book this year also.

  15. 1.19.21
    ahbaker11 said:

    Erika! We spoke over IG and I just wanted to say THANK YOU again for taking the time b/c you were just the push that i needed on that day to start the Bible Recap. I am enjoying it (although feeling intimidated at times) and so happy you shared your thoughts on your stories about it. You were speaking to me that day. I'm sorry people leave you mean comments – you are a true person and believer and that shines through. I'm personally thankful I follow you!! Thank you for being YOU!!! 🙂