Free 40-Day Bible Reading Guides to Refresh Your Daily Routine

Margaret —  April 24, 2014 — 51 Comments

Free 40-Day New Testament Reading Guide to Refresh to Your Daily Routine

Are you ready to experience some of the most life-giving, perspective-changing, hope-filled days of the entire year?

During the 40 days leading up to Easter, over 50,000 people from around the world joined the #LentChallenge—a fast and furious adventure through the entire New Testament.

Even if you didn’t participate during the #LentChallenge, you can still read the New Testament in 40 days, too. We’ve created a free PDF download reading guide  for the New Testament that can be used throughout the entire year.

And if you did join us for the #LentChallenge, we have something special for you, too. After slews of requests, we created a PDF reading guide to read the entire Old Testament in 40 days.

I believe in these 40 days, God wants to speak to you through Scripture. He has words that are written just for your heart, just for this time, and just for what’s coming around the corner.

As a gift to you, we want to offer you a 40-Day New Testament Reading Guide and 40-Day Old Testament Reading Guide for free.


To download your copy of the 40-Day New Testament Reading Guide and the 40-Day Old Testament Reading Guide:

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Amazed and Confused by Heather Zempel

This week I'm giving away THREE copies of Heather Zempel's new book, Amazed and Confused.

Heather is the discipleship pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC. She lives on Capitol Hill where she can be found searching out the best barbeque joints, watching college football, and enjoying theater with her husband Ryan. Heather is the author of Sacred Roads and Community is Messy. You may recognize Heather's name if you joined us for the #LentChallenge—she led us with words of wisdom and Scriptural insights each day on her blog, here.

Most people have prayed for something or someone in earnest, seeking God’s will, only to be left confused by God’s response. Sometimes we ask, “Why would a good God allow bad things to happen to good people?” In Amazed and Confused, Heather Zempel tackles this question head-on by exploring the book of Habakkuk.

This interactive Bible study through Habakkuk is the perfect choice for those who are hurting and confused about God’s responses to their prayers.

To win a copy of Amazed and Confused, leave a comment on this original blog post at The winner will be selected and announced on Wednesday.

Congratulations to the winners: Todd Johnson, Stacia Dunning, Shalina

How has Scripture left you both amazed and confused?

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51 responses to Free 40-Day Bible Reading Guides to Refresh Your Daily Routine

  1. Yes, please! Amazed at the goodness of God I’m on the road to recovery from a breast cancer journey all while some don’t get the recovery they pray for.This book could help me navigate the mystery of it all.

  2. This book sounds like a great tool! Even if I do not win I am going to get it!!

  3. Just yesterday I was reading in Numbers. I was reading chapters 1-18 and stopped at 17 because I sat amazed at what I was reading. God wanted to destroy His people because of the complaining and disobedience. Moses pleaded and God didn’t destroy them. As I kept reading the people kept blaming Moses. After God delivered them and provided for them they were not happy. (There is so much more that I can write about here, but I will stop with that.) I keep going back to those scriptures and see the patience, love, and mercy God had for the Israelites.

  4. Margaret, thanks so much for the new pdfs.

    One of the main things I was amazed at during the Lent Challenge was LOVE. It is just all over the NT – both God’s love for us and His desire for us to be loving. I needed to hear that. Thank you for encouraging me to take this journey!

  5. Ohh, I want this book so bad!

  6. Going through a really rough spot in my life right now and would LOVE to have the book to read. Thanks!

  7. I would love a copy of the book! I’m also excited about the PDFs. I started the Lent challenge but didn’t make it through. But in God’s grace, He keeps giving us second chances doesn’t He!

  8. Sounds like a great read.

  9. Thanks for the 40day lent challenge…I completed it and loved it! Going to try the old testament nxt in 40 days, the try to do the bible in 40! Would love the book your giving away…actually headed to DC May 1st for 5 days…never been and am looking foward to it!Thanks again Margaret for ALL you do!

  10. I am so excited to start my 40 day challenge in the New Testament. God is so very good even when circumstance could dictate the opposite. We are highly favored women of God sometimes we just need to believe it even if we don’t necessarily feel it.

  11. I am one of those fortunate enough to have read through the New Testament during Lent. What. An. Experience. I’m planning to delve into the Old Testament with your 40-Day Plan. Amazed and Confused…sounds like me when I talk to my husband about the spiritual journey we are on–particularly, in regard to our fabulous adult son with autism. This book sounds like one i could really chew on–as well as learn more about God’s plan for His children.

  12. I’d love this book!!

  13. Be great to have a book exploring Habbakuk in detail. There is so much richness in the OT prophets just a little hard to access.

  14. Thanks for this offer Margaret! would LOVE to check out this book!
    Oh and I still haven’t finished my 40 days of reading but continue to plug along and CONTINUE to REALLY enjoy reading like I have not ever before! 🙂 thanks again for the challenge – just printed the 40 days of reading Old Testament.

  15. Dusty B. Allison April 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Margaret, thank you for the opportunity to read this book! Sounds wonderful! Blessings!

  16. Stacia Dunning April 24, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Love to read Amazed and Confused. As I have come through a bitter divorce, being able to understand God’s path versus my own has become priceless in my healing!

  17. I would love to win a copy of Amazed and Confused!!

  18. This sounds like an AMAZING book! I can’t wait to read it

  19. I’ve been hearing great reviews about this book.

  20. This book sounds interesting and I would like to read it.

  21. I would love to win it sounds like. Great book

  22. I asked God repeatedly for something over a period of months but he remained silent. It was discouraging at the time but when he finally answered, in His time, the results were so much bigger and better than I ever could have imagined. That experience changed the way that I pray and made me more patient while I wait on Him.
    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  23. Would love to read this book and I will get it if I don’t win.

  24. Love Heather’s Messy Community. I am amazed how God puts such diverse believers in community-people ho I never would have anything in common with. We all love Jesus and that is our bond!

  25. I love how you can read the scriptures and a verse that you have read before just jumps out at you.

  26. I’d love this book!

  27. Debbie McNeely April 24, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I would love to get your book!! You and the LORD will surely bless 3 lovely ladies……Blessings 🙂

  28. Scripture always leaves me amazed and confused. There are times I read it and that light bulb goes off and its like ‘Wow! ” and I am in awe. Or i see what /how God moves in a situation and that same awe/amazement.
    there are other times I’m reading, even after all these years (on this journey 32? years) and I come to a place in the Word and I am so perplexed at the whys? or perhaps just simply not quite sure I understand. Or His Word says one thing and then later another. (but it’s not contradictory…just different ).
    What a great giveaway. Thanks for offering it.

  29. I am amazed by the new things I discover every time I read The Bible. Often I am confused by a passage but I have learned not to puzzle over it too long. The meaning will be revealed eventually, when I need it to be. 🙂

  30. Good Morning! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. Amazed-I’m amazed at God’s perfect love for me. Confused-I’m not.

  31. I am amazed that through all of our hardships God is right there with us. It’s not confusing to understand God’s love, it’s confusing when others don’t want to understand His Word. Guess I really need to read this book! Thanks!

  32. Thanks for a great giveaway! I am currently reading the first book in this series by Wendy Blight. Sooooo good. Would love to win this one 🙂

  33. Cynthia Quiroga April 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Amazed every day. I’ve been reading the parable of the soil in Luke 8, taking a verse a day and dissecting it. Such a rich passage.

    Would love to win the book. I watched the video by Heather on how to read the Bible. Great video, I’ve shared it with others 🙂

    Amazed by His grace,
    Cynthia (Cindy)

  34. I loved the LentChallenge. And Heather’s insights. I’m really excited to get more in reading Amazed and Confused! Thank you.

  35. We have some wonderful Christian people in our small group struggling with wandering (adult) children. I’d love to read this and pass it on.

  36. I got the PDFs! Thank you!

    Sounds like a fabulous book! I have moments when I ask God… “What was with that answer?” I think this would be helpful.

    Wishing you a blessed weekend!

  37. I would like to read this book. There are so many things I do not understand. I see people I love who are hurting and I wonder why. How can these things work out for my good. Yet I know God is amazing and He can do all things.

  38. Been out of work for a few years Lost my dad tto leukimina and my sister to lung cancer But I still have faith but you still ask why

  39. Both amazed and confused at the strength of the Lord

  40. Dear Margaret, Amazed at Jesus ‘s love for me. Confused at how his love can be for me. Jennifer Poe

  41. Looks like a great book! 🙂

  42. I’d love to read this book. Sounds like it would be an interesting study as well as a good tool for evangelizing. Thanks for the offer.

  43. I am a new Christian (Nov. 5, 2013) and I am just soaking up Gods word like a sponge but it is also overwhelming at times. Sometimes just hearing others journeys help me. Thank you for what you do. Have a blessed day!

  44. I love the book of Habakkuk and would really like to read what Heather writes about it.

  45. Currently I am felling quite amazed at how God uses Scripture to personally speak to me. Last week I was feeling down on myself for how I had responded to a difficult situation. I was telling God how sorry I was and how I wanted to do better. My devotional had me turn to Romans 8:1: Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Pretty amazing.

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