Reading God’s word is an unprecedented privilege and pleasure. The Bible is not a book that one reads just once. Reading the Bible continues through a lifetime of discovery. The Bible, although a grand narrative, is also meditation literature. Reading the Bible in the right Spirit, with a soft heart and open eyes and ears, feeds and transforms the soul. Yet reading the Bible can also be difficult, God desiring that we work for more of its rewards. Jesus told parables for that reason. Handing out truths on a silver platter doesn’t always serve their purpose. The Bible instead weaves truths within stories, histories, songs, and patterns, to discover only with the right tools and heart. God uses Bible reading to shape in us the attitude and character that most attract him. Read the Bible for the profound ways in which God creates and arranges all things, and intervenes miraculously in his natural order. Read the Bible, as Romans 12:2 tell us, to transform you in renewal of your mind. Resolve, as 1 Corinthians 12:2 urges, to know Jesus through the Bible’s holy word. Read the Bible with due sense of wonder for its account of Christ in his power and majesty. Click on each link for further guides, drawn from Pastor Marshall's book Walking Through the Bible.