Here’s How To Understand The Bible Without Going To Seminary


Have you ever wanted to read the entire bible and….totes failed? If you’re like me, you’re too scared to commit because you know you’ll get bored or confused or just straight up overwhelmed? I’m super ADD so sitting down and reading anything (much less 1000k+ pages) is pretty overwhelming, especially when I don’t understand what the CHECK is going on (which is how I feel for 65% of the old testament #dontjudge). Or let’s say you’ve given it a shot, signed up for a reading plan and maybe even had accountability with a few of your buddies, but you made it halfway through Genesis and lost your motivation?

If you’re on the same page as I am, this post is for you, my fellow not-the-best bible reader! If you’re one of those special people that knows the bible front and back and feels comfortable reading 1 & 2 kings slash you went to seminary and are a brilliant bible expert, then please go be awesome elsewhere (lol totes kidding, but really though, this post isn’t best for you. But I’m jealous of your bible knowledge!).

Anyway, if you need some help when it comes to reading the bible (especially the old testament!), then I’ve got something REALLY freakin’ amazing to share with y’all today! A few weeks ago, I came across this website that has literally changed my bible-reading life. And no it’s not sponsored, I just think it’s a really cool. Okay, life-changing might be a little dramatic, but my excitement and passion for how awesome this website is does, however, make me super giddy.

I’ve been telling everyone and anyone who’ll listen about this amazing resource. Really though, my excitement is a tad out of control. Needless to say, I felt completely compelled to let y’all in on the magic too…because that would only be natural, right?! I truly love sharing resources or basically anything good I find in life with y’all.

I’m going to actually get to my point eventually, y’all, but I want to do some storytelling and set the stage first. So if you’ll have me, I’ll keep talking. And then I’ll get to the actual website I’m talking about. Hang tight!

How I Found This Golden Egg (aka the resource)

I signed up to teach middle school bible study at my church for the year and was struggling to find a curriculum that I was excited about and felt right. My co-teacher and I prayed about it and met a few times to try and figure out what we were going to do, but nothing really felt great. We wanted to make sure there was a good balance of bible teaching and discussing concepts with ACTUALLY reading the bible.

After little luck, I randomly decided to see if my old Christian summer camp (Camp Ozark) had any resources for studying the bible listed on their website. I know, it’s random, and I have no idea why this thought crossed my mind either. But whatever the case, it dawned on me to check it out, and sure enough, I found GOLD. Long story short, this is how I discovered And I kid you not, I’m getting butterflies (maybe more like adrenaline) just typing this because I’m so stinkin’ excited to share it!

Okay, So What is The Bible Project Anyway?

I could try and explain to y’all what the website is, but these dudes do a MUCH better job in this video below. Please watch it and it will explain EVERYTHING. K?! Thx.

Why Do You Love it So Much?

OK so……did you watch the video?!!?!

I’m assuming you did and that you’re JUST as excited as I am. Or maybe I’m alone in my giddyness. But regardless, I think it’s SUPER helpful, and the only thing in the world that has made me ACTUALLY want to sit down and read Leviticus and Numbers, 1 & 2nd Kings, and other blah books in the old testament. I mean, let’s be honest, who REALLY wants to read Leviticus…more like #BOREviticus?? Judge me if you want, but I’m just sayin’ what a lot of other people are thinking.

genesis poster join the bible projectThey also have the illustrations (that they’re animating in the videos) for you to download and print yourself for FREE here. And they have these drawings for every book in the bible – or at least they plan to once they get all the funding they need.

How Do You Use It?

Although we are only using some of the content for our middle school bible study, I’ve been using it during MY FREE TIME (yes, I’m talking Friday nights, people) because it has been so addicting. The Bible Project has not only been helpful for me to teach the bible to kids, but it’s teaching ME, too. It’s taking big concepts and breaking them into bite-sized, understandable chunks. Ahhh-mazing!

I’ve been using it to understand the larger meanings of a book. I’ll watch the overview videos a few times each – or until I feel pretty confident about the overarching concepts, then I’ll watch the more detailed videos (the “read the bible” videos). And THEN I’ll read it for myself and dig deeper into the word now that I’ve got a decent framework (or filing folders if that makes sense?) to put all the “STUFF” in. At the end of the day, it’s been a tremendous resource and one I wanted to share with y’all! Let me know your thoughts!

PS: If you liked this post, LET ME KNOW and if you’re wanting more on this topic, I’ve actually blogged about my favorite bible resources before so you should check that post out too!

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    January 18, 2018 at 5:41 am

    This has been SUCH a helpful resource with reading the Chronological bible from YouVersion! Thank you for sharing — I’m so excited!

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    Tatum Singley
    November 22, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Oh, and P.S., I’m totally geeking out about this website suggestion and was describing it to my husband and he’s pumped about it too. You rock, Brighton

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    Tatum Singley
    November 22, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few months now and literally get on just to watch your stories each day. I rarely use my computer at home anymore, but my husband’s looking up Black Friday deals and I started getting your emails this week, so I hopped on over to check out your blog since we finally have some down time. :) Yes, we’re the cool kids into ur pajamas by 5pm the night before Thanksgiving. I’ve had a deep desire to dig deeper into the Word lately, and this post is just what I needed. I attend Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL, and Pastor Chris shared a book with us called “What the Bible is All About” by Henrietta Mears. I haven’t read it yet, but am really looking forward to digging into that as well as the Bible Project. Thank you so much for this post. I know it’s an old one, and you probably won’t see this, but you truly are an inspiration and I’m just one of those Brighton fans who knows we’d be besties if we knew each other. Oh… and you totally make me want to start a blog of my own. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving, Brighton!! And thank you for the difference you’re making in this world by being such a wonderful example for others and sharing His truth!.

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    July 22, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Yes! I need to watch more of their videos – I discovered them last year too :)

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    October 26, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Brighton! I highly recommend looking into BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) in your area, this is my first year being in it and its an international bible study and this year the study is the gospel of John! It is such a great study in understanding and digging deep in scripture, I cannot say enough good things about it. Just check it out and you can look up classes hosted in your area! Love this post but thought I would pass this along because I can’t say enough good things about it!

    DeLaney from

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      Brighton Keller
      October 26, 2016 at 7:40 am

      omg yes I’ve heard of it! I have a few close friends that did it recently and have been doing it for YEARS! I want to do it for sure but I worry because I travel so much. I’m going to look into it for January! You’re like the 15th person that has suggested it to me….totally must be a sign lol! Thanks for commenting and stopping by Delaney!!

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    October 25, 2016 at 10:51 am

    This is incredible! I’ve been thinking about buying a commentary, but I think this is the perfect resource for me to start digging deeper into the word. Thank you SO much for sharing! I’d love to hear more in future posts!

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      Brighton Keller
      October 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

      yay so glad you found it Amber!! And you’ll have to let me know what you think!! I LOVE it!! and think it’s one of the most helpful things I’ve found…EVER.

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    October 23, 2016 at 7:07 am

    This is such a great resource! I also want to start Bible journaling but I have no idea where to start.
    x0x0 Caroline

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    Vanessa Boysen
    October 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    TLDR 😂

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    October 18, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I loved your blog already but I love it even more knowing you’re a fellow Camp Ozark-er, too!!! Camp Ozark is a fantastic resource– so glad you could share this new site! GO OSAGE!

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      Brighton Keller
      October 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

      hehehe you went to Ozark too?! LOVE it!! thanks for commenting Callie :)

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    October 17, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    HOLY COW I am obsessed with the Bible Project! Where has it been all my life?!?!?! So glad you found this and decided to share. I have had the goal of reading the bible for years now but always get overwhelmed and give up or stop. This is seriously so amazing!!!

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      Brighton Keller
      October 26, 2016 at 7:41 am

      right?! it’s amazing! I legit watched 3 videos on my on free time this weekend. #guilty. it’s just SO GOOD

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    October 17, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    My favorite free app is Youversion. It has lots of reading plans and comes in many languages. You can choose which type of Bible to use- NIV, ESV, etc. You’ll love it. My favorite international Bible study to attend can be found at They have 10 years worth of classes. This year is the study of John.

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    Christine Thompson
    October 17, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for sharing, Brighton! I’m a complete newbie when it comes to reading the Bible. I’m pretty excited to give this resource a try. Thanks for sharing :-) Keep the posts coming!

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    October 17, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Love this! Thank you for sharing.

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    October 16, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    So I found you on Pinterest looking for ideas for fall outfits and I scrolled to your faith section. The Bible Project is a gift straight from God for me. I am so thankful you posted this site. I,like you, am ADD when it comes to reading the Bible yet I want to get more in the Word! Bless you for the site.

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    Vicky Orefice
    October 16, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Okay. THIS. IS. AWESOME. I am a very visual person, so this is right down my alley. Thank you for sharing!

    PS – Love these types of posts :)

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    October 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    You have giving me some incredible tools here. Thankful!!!
    You’ve done a great job with this piece. Keep writing. Blessings!

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    Beth McGee
    October 15, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Thank you for sharing this!!! I had never heard of it before but have recently been more into studying the Bible and like you, often find things hard to understand. What a great resource- I just watched the Job video :)

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    Ashby Rhea
    October 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I LOVE this resource. We used it in our community group and actually did Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. I loved it! It really breaks it down so you can understand and I love the visuals that go with it!

    Ashby Rhea

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    Ashley Richardson
    October 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Yes!! I’ve been wanting to go through the Bible but it’s so intimidating (especially the OT). I’m totally sharing this with everyone I know!

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    Jane Ann
    October 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Love this post! Keep sharing :)

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    Deeannah Kellum Seymour
    October 14, 2016 at 10:41 am

    This is awesome!! I’m going to do it with my kids and yes, keep posting this content! I love that your a woman of Godly substance and not just a beautiful fashionista!

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    October 14, 2016 at 10:31 am

    This is awesome – definitely going to check it out!

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    October 14, 2016 at 10:29 am

    This is brilliant and so perfect for me, thank you for sharing!! Passing this along to friends too :)

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    Brooke Denson
    October 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Awesome post Brighton! Thanks! You rock!

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    October 14, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Can you do a curling hair tutorial please!

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    Kimberly Rasmusson-Anderson
    October 14, 2016 at 10:21 am

    This is great! Thanks for sharing!

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    October 13, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    I love these videos! We’ve been doing the Year of Biblical Literacy at my church and are working our way through the entire bible alongside these videos. If you need any inspiration check out the website for the sermons and community materials!

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    Ashley Collum
    October 13, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Loved this post!! Keep ’em coming- you’re awesome girl!

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    Amber North
    October 13, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    WOW! This is amazing! Especially, for visual learners and other types of learners. I’ve always wanted for some to just read the Bible to me lol, which is why I listen to the audio version. And I’ve always wanted illustrations and to know how to pronounce names and places. This seems like a GREAT tool and something everyone should support! I mean how many of us have magazine and media subscriptions that is full of garbage we shouldn’t be consuming?! This is awesome!! Thanks, Brighton!!

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    October 13, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    This is wonderful Brighton! Thanks lady!

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    Erin Wadley
    October 13, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!!!!! This is SO helpful!!! I’m leading a life group and over the year we are connecting God’s story from Genesis to Revelation and I think this will help SO much!!

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      Brighton Keller
      October 13, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      I’m loving all your exclamation points! makes me so happy you’re just as excited as I am! and you’ll have to let me know what you think!! it’s pretty amazing!!

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        Erin Wadley
        October 13, 2016 at 4:50 pm

        Haha I am! I will! I watched the video about Moses in Exodus and it was SO good.

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    October 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    This is such an amazing tool and I can’t wait to start digging into my Bible with this! Thank you for sharing!

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      Brighton Keller
      October 13, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      yay let me know what you think! I’ve been LOVING it! and it’s been so helpful!

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    Leslie @ The Martin Manifesto
    October 13, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Wow! This is a fabulous find! Thank you for sharing. I’m definitely gonna check out your favorite Bible resources now.

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    Allison Hemer
    October 13, 2016 at 9:28 am

    This is an amazing resource for kids, teens, and this 26 year old!! Your first paragraph is definitely me. So many plans and ideas and excitement, and then you’re like ummmm what the heck does this mean?

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