“Free” Book: Apocrypha Reading Plan

Recently we’ve blogged about the many ways to read the Bible in a year using tools from Logos Bible Software. Within the application, one can make custom reading plans, or you can join an online community of people reading through the same plan using either Global Bible Reader or Bible.Logos.com.
But all of these solutions currently support a 66 book canon only. If you also want to read the Apocrypha, or Deuterocanonical books, either because your faith tradition includes such books or just to learn more about the Jewish writings that appeared during the time ‘between the testaments’ and were read by the early Church, some additional help is needed.
So I’ve made a little Libronix digital book that contains a list of daily readings to cover the Apocrypha in one year. It functions just like other daily devotionals, with a link at the top to jump directly to the current day’s reading. It can also be loaded into your Libronix Home Page in the devotionals section.
This reading plan covers the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican deuterocanonical materials. The ‘additions’ to Esther and Daniel are interspersed within and around the protocanonical portions of those books, and Ezra, Nehemiah and the last chapters of 2 Chronicles are included just before the Esdras writings to provide important context for comparison. So if using this in conjunction with one of the other Bible reading plans, you might end up reading some of the books of the Bible twice, but we think this is a high class problem.
Because of some (temporary) limitations to how the Bible data type functions, this first release of the Apocrypha Reading Plan is hard-coded to the NRSV, so we’ve made it free to any customer that already has the NRSV in their Libronix Digital Library. The NRSV is included in all of our base packages, and is also available à la carte.
Updated Instructions:

  1. Determine the folder that contains your Libronix digital books. The default folder is C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources. If you have changed the default folder, you can see the folders your system monitors for new books by opening Libronix DLS and clicking Tools | Options | General | Resource Paths.
  2. Save, do not run or open the following link to the folder that contains your Libronix digital books. Save this file to your resource path.
  3. Open Libronix DLS (don’t try to click on the newly downloaded file). You may see a message in the lower right-hand corner that says “Discovering Resources” – wait a few seconds for this message to go away.
  4. Open My Library and type ‘NRSV Apocrypha Reading Plan’. If you already own the NRSV, this will appear unlocked, otherwise it will be locked. If Libronix DLS was open when you downloaded the file, you may need to press the F5 key to refresh your My Library view, or close and re-open Libronix DLS.
  5. Enjoy!

Comments

  1. I have tried to save the Apocrypha Reading Plan to my computer but I keep getting an error message saying that Windows cannot open the file.
    Can you please help me.
    Many blessings.
    Pastor Ray.

  2. Hi, Ray,
    Sounds like you might be trying to open it rather than saving it from your browser. Ensure that you are selecting “Save” rather than “Run” or “Open.” Does that do it? If not, what browser are you using?

  3. I, too am unable to open the file either. I find the file in my program files folder but when I try to open it I’m tole that the file can’t be opened.

  4. Vincent Setterholm says:

    It’s a Libronix book. Instead of clicking the file to open it, just make sure it is copied into the location where you store your other Libronix books and then open LDLS. Wait a few seconds for the resource to be discovered, and then open My Library and type ‘Apocrypha Reading Plan’ and it’ll show up there (unlocked if you own the NRSV already, or locked if you don’t).

  5. Thanks Vincent. I am having no issues with the file. It works as advertised and displays fine on the home page in the devotions section.
    I am not a big fan of the Home Page that came out with version 3. It wastes to much screen space and the colours give the software an unprofessional look. What would be nice is a comprehensive daily reading report that opening similar to the current reading plan and included data from your chosen devotional, bible reading plan and also the ability to include other appropirately sectioned resources that have their own data type such as josephus or early church fathers.
    Incidently for those trying to find it in ‘My Library’ the title of the book will show up as ‘NRSV Apocrypha Reading Plan’.

  6. Following along with the other posts, where is the location where the libronix books are stored at? I know where the files are located in my documents and I have saved this file to it, but like the other post said file not recognized by windows and also not found by the tilte NRSV Apocrypha reading plan when typed to my library.

  7. Vincent Setterholm says:

    The default location for your Libronix book files is not in My Documents. (Though personalized reading plans DO go there, so I understand the confusion.) The default location for your book files, however, is: C:\Program Files\Libronix DLS\Resources. If you’ve changed that location, you can find what folders your system looks for books in by clicking Tools | Options | General | Resource Paths.

  8. larry west says:

    Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage
    This is what I get when I try to click the link.
    What options do I have. I have tried the search box at the website.

  9. Vincent Setterholm says:

    Ok, I apologize to everyone for my vague installation instructions. I’ve updated the post to be (I hope) rather more clear.

  10. Thanks Vincent alls well that ends well

  11. Dr. William Varner says:

    Hey, thanks for this. And kudos for thinking outside the box, w/o fear of being criticized. No doubt that there will be some who question your orthodoxy, but carry on!

  12. Dr. William Varner says:

    I can’t seem to get my comments to upload, so I will try again and just say “thanks” for thinking outside the box.

  13. I for one really appreciate this. Although I am a Protestant, I do wish Logos would offer more up from other areas other than the heavy weight on Reformed materials. While those materials are valuable, there is a wealth of material (especially Greek Orthodox) which would be of great benefit if available via Logos.
    Now, if we could just get a chronological Bible reading plan (with and without Apocrypha) then things would really be great.
    Blessings,
    Brandon

  14. Hello -
    First I will say I don’t have Libronix and don’t have the money to purchase it. I would really like just a plain text version of this reading plan. There are so many reading plans available online, I sure wish someone would post one that includes the Deuterocanonicals. Can someone help?!
    Peace -
    Gail