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Starting your Bible Reading Plan or Devotional Over for a New Year

Posted on: January 1st, 2015 by Michelle Stramel 6 Comments

A new year is here and with it the opportunity for a fresh start on Bible reading efforts! Whether you are on track to make it all the way through from January 1 to December 31 or you got side-tracked at some point during the year, PocketBible makes it easy to begin anew.

Here are instructions for resetting your Bible reading or devotional tracking for the various versions of PocketBible:

  • PocketBible for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch – open PocketBible and go to the Bible reading plan you want to reset. Select the Today button | Devotional Settings and choose to reset your reading progress and change the start date to today’s date.
  • PocketBible for Android OS – if you are using PocketBible on your Android phone, you can change the start date for a devotional by tapping on the dove menu and choosing Devotionals. Then choose the correct book at the top drop down and then hit the Manage button. You can choose to catch up or start over on this page. If you are using PocketBible on a tablet, use the blue tab instead of the dove menu.
  • PocketBible for Windows Phone – select Menu | Daily Readings and tap and hold on the devotional book. From the menu select Remove daily reading. You can then go back and restart.
  • PocketBible for Windows Store (8/8.1) – select Daily readings from the application bar and select the devotional book. From the application bar select Remove Daily Reading. You can then go back and restart.
  • PocketBible for Windows PC – choose Devotional Reading | Book Options from the menu and select the Start Over tab. Press the Start Over button. Choose the Start Date tab to set a new start date.
  • PocketBible for Windows Mobile – Are you one of our few customers still using this older type of mobile device? You can find complete instructions here.
  • DailyReader for Palm OS – Are one of our few customers still using this older type of mobile device? You can find complete instructions here.

If you are looking for a different Bible reading plan this year, you’ll find help choosing one in our article on 8 Ways to Read through the Bible with PocketBible.

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6 Responses

  1. Dana Cherry says:

    About reading plans:
    Is there a way to create a customized reading plan? I have a text file containing the references I would like to use in a reading plan. The references are as follows:

    Genesis 1:1-24; Genesis 2:4-24; Genesis 3:1-13; Genesis 3:14-24; Genesis 6:1-9:17; Genesis 12:1-8, 15:1-6 Genesis 22:1-19; Exodus 12:1-28; Exodus 20:1-21; Leviticus 4:1-35; Isaiah 53; Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20; Matthew 3; Matthew 4:1-11; John 3:1-21; John 4:1-26, 39-42; Luke 5:17-26; Mark 4:35-41; Mark 5:1-20; John 11:1-44; Matthew 26:26-30; John 18:1-19:16; Luke 23:32-56; Luke 24:1-35; Luke 24:36-53; John 3:1-21

    Thanks for your consideration!

    Dana Cherry

    • Craig Rairdin says:

      You can create your own reading plans with BookBuilder. I think there’s a sample daily devotional included with BookBuilder that you can use as a framework for your own daily reading plan. If not, just email Tech Support and we’ll get you started.

  2. Victor Ong says:

    I’m using ReadingPlan app by James H. Price from iTunes App Store. It has many reading plans and it monitors my reading progress. I like the app because the built-in Bible link supports PocketBible (i.e. It can open PocketBible and go to directly the book & chapter from within the app.)

  3. Mireille says:

    Hello and Happy New Year! It’s possible I have missed something, but when I try to use a devotional book for reading through the bible in one year, for example, and it directs me to that day’s starting place… It doesn’t seem to tell me when to stop. I recognize that this sounds silly, but honestly, I could use the help :) Am I doing something wrong, or is this a feature you haven’t added yet? Love your work, I got my first PocketPC back in 2001, and I’ve been with you guys a long time. :)

    • Craig Rairdin says:

      There are two parts to your question: First is knowing how many of the verse references listed in the devotional book you are supposed to read. In most of our versions of PocketBible, these have a header and a dividing line between each day. Some versions of PocketBible have only the dividing line. So when you go to a day’s reading, you should read all the passages above the dividing line.

      The other part is, once you get to a passage, how do you know when to stop reading? There is a setting in PocketBible that enables/disables the highlighting of any passage you link to via a hyperlink. Find this setting and make sure it is turned on. Then, when you select a link to the passage you are supposed to read, it will be highlighted so you can see where it stops. (Your own highlights take precedent over this, so if you have a lot of highlights of your own you might still be confused and have to make a note of when to stop reading.)

      If you have further questions, contact technical support. We don’t always spot these blog comments in a timely fashion.

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