Reading Plans

Verbum makes it easy to read through books in your library or explore a topic by creating systematic plans you can tailor to your pace and schedule. Customize an existing Reading Plan or create your own using Passage Lists or Clippings documents. You can also share a plan with your Faithlife Group or export it to your calendar application. Your Reading Plans automatically sync and track your progress across your desktop, web, and mobile platforms.

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Create a Reading Plan

View a Reading Plan

Edit a Reading Plan

Share a Reading Plan

Export a Reading Plan

Delete a Reading Plan

 

Create a Reading Plan

1. Open a new plan

Verbum gives you three options for starting a new reading plan.

Click Docs and click New to expand the menu. Select Reading Plans.

 

OR

From the Home screen click the plus icon on the right side of the Dashboard and select Reading Plan. Check a box next to a plan that you want to start and click Add, or click Start a new reading plan to open the Reading Plan menu.

 

OR

Open your Library and find the downloaded resource you want to read. Right-click the title and select Start reading plan. Verbum opens a new Reading Plan document based on your selected resource.

Note: This option is specifically designed to divide your readings by chapter. Once you start a reading plan using this option, it cannot be edited.

 

2. Select your plan

Verbum displays three types of reading plans for you to choose from.

 

Choose a predefined Reading Plan

Selecting this option opens a menu of Bible reading plans pre-arranged by the range of Scripture covered or topics addressed.

 

Generate a Reading Plan

This option is designed to create a reading plan for any resource in your library. The default plan is reading your preferred Bible in one year. However, you can click the hyperlinked fields to select a resource from your library and set your schedule. (See more about customizing your plan below.)

Note: In this method, Verbum divides the total number of pages in your selected resource by the number of reading sessions you select. To create a plan based on chapter divisions, right-click the resource in your library and select Start reading plan.

 

Custom Reading Plan

Choose this option to create a reading plan using multiple resources or a variety of selected passages.

 

3. Customize your plan

Choose a predefined Reading Plan or Generate a Reading Plan

When you Choose a predefined Reading Plan or Generate a Reading Plan, Verbum opens a Reading Plan document that can be tailored to your preferences.

 

Note: Available options vary depending on the resource you select for your Reading Plan.

Click the following phrases to customize your plan:

  • All Passages - Click to select a custom range, such as the Poetic Books or enter a single book of the Bible.

  • Default - Verbum divides the selected range into equal lengths. Click to select Chapter or Pericope divisions.

  • [Preferred Bible] - Verbum generates reading plans using your preferred Bible. Click the version to select a different resource.

    Note: Selecting a resource other than the Bible alters other available options for the reading plan.

  • every day - Click to select a different frequency. Verbum allows you to select at your own pace (no time table), every weekday (Monday-Friday), or every…[Check boxes next to the days you want to read].

  • today - Verbum defaults your reading plan to start today. Click the link to expand the calendar and select the day you want to start your Reading Plan.

  • in one year - Reading plans default to a year long. Click the link to change the length of time. Verbum gives you additional options for six months or enter a custom number of weeks, sessions (days), verses, or a custom date (Click the date to expand the calendar).

  • by myself - Selecting this option allows you to include another Faithlife group in your reading plan. Click the group you want to include. Learn more about Faithlife Groups.

Click Start to begin your reading plan. Click Cancel to return to the previous menu and select a new reading plan.

 

Custom Reading Plan

Selecting Custom Reading Plan opens a menu to add individually selected passages from one or more resources to your Reading Plan. Click Untitled Reading Plan to enter a name for your Reading Plan.

To add a session, use the following hyperlinks:

  • today - Verbum defaults the first reading session to today. Click to select a different starting date.

  • Drop a shortcut here - Drag the tab from an open resource to the indicated area. Verbum adds the active section (e.g. Bible reference, page, journal article, or dictionary entry). You can also highlight a passage and drag the highlighted section to this area.

  • Choose an open resource - Select a suggested passage/section from your open resources. Suggested passages are based on the active reference in the reference window. Scroll to a different reference/page number in the open resource to cue different options. 

  • Type a reference - Enter a passage you want to add to your Reading Plan.

When you have entered the passage(s)/section(s) you want included in the session, click Add session. Repeat these steps for each additional session. 

 

Click Add in the upper left corner of the document to quickly add another Reading Plan, Passage List, or Clippings document to your new Reading Plan.

 

When your Reading Plan is complete, click Done.

 

4. Start reading

When you click Start, Verbum adds a card to your Home page. Click the card to open the Reading Plan. Verbum displays a green ribbon heading with the scheduled date for the reading and the passage or topic. (Clicking the passage or topic in the heading opens the Reading Plan document.)

Note: If you don’t see these ribbons, make sure the Visual filter is active. Click the Visual filter icon and check the box next to Reading Plans.

 

If your reading contains multiple sections, Verbum places additional green ribbon markers at the end of each section. Click the passage link to navigate to the next section in the reading.

 

At the end of the scheduled session, Verbum places an amber ribbon marker. Click Mark done to complete the session. Verbum displays the next scheduled reading. The card on the Home screen updates with a green checkmark and You’ve completed your reading for today.

If you fall behind on a Reading Plan, Verbum indicates this with a small red box labeled Behind on the card. Clicking Catch me up marks all the missed reading as Done and allows you to pick up the next scheduled reading.

You can adjust the date on your Reading Plan without skipping readings by navigating to Calendar view (see below). Right-click the date you want to resume your reading and select Adjust plan from here.

 

Open a new Reading Plan in Verbum.

 

View a Reading Plan

To view a Reading Plan, click Docs. In the Filter column, select Reading Plan to view all your Reading Plan documents. Click the plan name to open it.

 

When you select the current reading session, a green ribbon marks the beginning of the reading. If your reading contains multiple sections, an additional green ribbon appears at the end of the section; click the passage link to navigate to the next section.

 

Mark the reading as done by checking the box in the Reading Plan document (Mark As Read) or by clicking Mark done in the amber ribbon at the end of the selected reading.

 

Overview

Clicking Overview displays the first or current reading. If you are doing this Reading Plan with a group, Verbum displays posting options along with posts related to the current reading.

 

Calendar

Clicking Calendar displays a calendar with each reading on a corresponding day. Click any passage to navigate to that reading.

Note: The green and amber ribbon headings do not display when readings are selected out of order.

 

List

Clicking List displays all the passages in your Reading Plan. Click a passage to navigate to that reading. 

Note: The green and amber ribbon headings do not display when readings are selected out of order.

 

Edit a Reading Plan

Open a Reading Plan from the Docs menu, and select Edit.

 

Make the desired changes to your plan, and click Done.

Note: Editing a Reading Plan starts it over from the beginning.

When you edit a Custom Reading Plan, you can remove individual readings by hovering over the reading and clicking X to Remove reading. Click Done when you are finished editing.

 

Share a Reading Plan

You can share your Reading Plan with any Verbum user or with a Faithlife Group of which you are a member. Learn more about sharing documents.

 

Share publicly with any Verbum user

To share your Reading Plan with any Verbum user, open the Docs menu, select the entry row for your Reading Plan (not the linked title), and click Share. Under the Public tab, click the slider to Yes for Make document public. Click Copy to copy a link to the document that can be shared with others or embedded in another application.

 

Share with your Faithlife Group

To share your Reading Plan with your Faithlife Group, open the Docs menu, select the entry row for your Reading Plan (not the linked title), and click Share. Click the Groups tab; expand the dropdown menu; and select the group name you want to share with. Click Done. Verbum uploads your Reading Plan to your group. Group members join your plan by clicking Connect in the Today’s Readings section.

 

Learn more about Faithlife Groups.

 

Export a Reading Plan

Export to Outlook/iCal

Verbum allows you to add your Reading Plan to a personal calendar. With the Reading Plan open, select the export dropdown.

  • Calendar - Choose the local calendar your Reading Plan will be exported to.

  • Start/End time - Choose the start and end times for each session.

  • Reminder (optional) - Set an optional reminder _ minutes previous.

Click Export. Verbum downloads the plan for easy import into your calendar software.

 

Other Print/Export options

Click the Panel menu icon and select Print/Export. Verbum opens a dialogue menu of printing and exporting options. You can print your Reading Plan or export it for use in another application such as Microsoft Word.

Note: Verbum prints/exports the current view (Overview/List or Calendar). Select your desired view before choosing the Print/Export option.

 

Delete a Reading Plan

You can delete a Reading Plan from the Docs menu. Right-click the Reading Plan and select Delete.

 

If you delete a Reading Plan by mistake, you can recover it at documents.logos.com. Expand the dropdown menu marked Available and select Deleted. Click the Reading Plan you want to restore and click the Undelete button.

 

Open a new Reading Plan in Verbum.

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