Discipleship Journal – There are four daily readings (the year starts with Genesis, Psalms, Matthew, and Acts), but it’s only 25 days each month – which leaves some margin for missing here and there when life gets busy.
For Shirkers and Slackers – If “margin for missing” is what you know you need, then this plan from Ransom Fellowship might be right for you. Maybe you’ve tried the other plans in the past and stalled out again and again. This plan assigns certain genres to certain days of the week and breaks biblical books up into sections you can read in one sitting – so without reading everyday, you can still make measurable headway. Pace yourself well and do some extra reading, and you might even finish long before the year is over.
M’Cheyne – This is the classic plan, designed by Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843), the well-remembered Scottish minister who died before his 30th birthday. The plan has readings for every day of the year and will take you once through the Old Testament and twice through the Psalms and the New Testament. (Don Carson’s daily devotionals called For the Love of God are based on the M’Cheyne plan.)
ESV Study Bible – Like the Discipleship Journal plan, the ESV Study Bible plan has you reading in four places: 1) Psalms and wisdom lit, 2) Pentateuch and Israel’s history, 3) Chronicles and prophets, and 4) Gospels and epistles.
Chronological – With a reading for each day of the year, this plan from Back to the Bible aims to take you through Scripture in chronological order.