You probably have been told you should read the Bible. It’s an important book. It’s been influential for centuries. And it’s the number-one bestseller year after year. But has anyone taught you how to read the Bible to achieve maximum spiritual growth in your life (not merely knowledge of biblical people and events)? Engaging Scripture is more than acquiring and cataloging information. Effective Scripture engagement is when you personally interact with the Bible’s stories, poems, songs, history, principles, and lessons so that you discern the text speaking to you by the power of the Holy Spirit, enabling you to get…

The followng article is excerpted from the NIV Student Bible. Copyright © 2011 by Zondervan (@NIVBible). Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved. By Philip Yancey and Tim Stafford Of all the reasons people mention for not reading the Bible, simple discouragement ranks highest. The Bible’s length alone is imposing. More like a self-contained library than a book, it includes 66 different books, by several dozen authors. Little wonder people get confused and discouraged. The 3-Track Reading Plan found in the bestselling NIV Student Bible (Zondervan, 2011) breaks the Bible into more manageable portions. If you’re new to…