Halden has posted a good short entry on How to Read the New Testament in a Week:
- Monday: Matthew 1 - Mark 9
- Tuesday: Mark 10 - John 6
- Wednesday: John 7 - Acts 22
- Thursday: Acts 23 - 1 Corinthians 14
- Friday: 1 Corinthians 15 - 1 Thessalonians 5
- Saturday: 2 Thessalonians 1 - 1 Peter 2
- Sunday: 1 Peter 3 - Revelation 22
If that sounds daunting, it needn't be. Halden suggests that it would take 2-3 hours per day, but I think that 90 minutes might suffice. Nevertheless, considering how many Christians I know who speak about reading through the whole Bible as if it is some great life's ambition, I thought I'd encourage you with how easy it can actually be.
In 1994, I read the New Testament once a month, every month, for the whole year. I didn't read anywhere near as quickly then as I do now, but it was still relatively pain-free.
Simply decide to read (a minimum of) 10 chapters a day. I started with 5 in the morning and 5 at night, but eventually switched to 10 at night (leaving the mornings free for meditation). 10 chapters a day, that's doable, right? The New Testament has 260 chapters, which means that you'd read the lot in 26 days, enabling you to have a day off each week. (I chose Sundays, 'cos, like, who wants to read the Bible on a Sunday?!)
Now here's the great thing with this: most times you don't want to stop at 10 chapters. You might end up in the middle of a narrative, or cut Paul short in the middle of one of his long-winded rants. In that situation, I found it a breeze to read the 1 or 2 extra chapters to find a suitable place to stop. Before you now it, you'll be flying through the New Testament and earning extra days off! Or, better yet, you'll have time for other books, meditation, song-writing...
And once you see how achievable this is, you'll be working out how long it takes to read through the 929 chapters in the Old Testament!