One of the more interesting projects that I’ve had the privilege of being involved in (albeit in the tiniest of ways) at work is the website we put together for Zondervan, a Christian communications and publishing company. They just published a newly repackaged Bible, The Bible in 90 Days, and wanted an online resource for it.
Inspired by Ted Cooper, who six years ago spent 90 days reading the Bible from cover to cover and became a Christian in the process, the Bible in 90 Days project encourages others to do the same by dividing the Bible into 90 12-page sections. The website claims that most people should be able to complete each reading in roughly 45 minutes, but if you’re a slow reader like I am, it’ll probably take a little over an hour.
The website provides all of the usual marketing materials that you would expect from such a project, but the cool part of it is the community-based support elements woven into it. There are discussion forums for anyone who is doing the reading or thinking about doing so, as well as inspirational quotes and videos from people who have gone through the process already. The folks at Zondervan clearly recognize that barreling through the Bible in such a short amount of time is a formidable challenge.
But Wait, There’s More!
The site’s features get even cooler when you register (free) with a user name and password. There is a personal progress tracker that allows you to check off each day’s reading as you complete it, along with the full text of each reading so you can do it online if your eyes can withstand the punishment of that much sustained screen time. Registered users can also keep a journal of their progress, writing about their reflections on the passages and reading those of others.
Under the Hood
If you’re inclined toward the techy side of things, you might be interested to know that the site was built using Drupal, a powerful open-source content management system that was created mostly by a community of volunteers. The company I work for is fortunate enough to have a Drupal mastermind who has made significant contributions to the program itself and developed a number of plugins for it. He put much (all?) of the guts of the site together, while others provided design assistance. So, what was my tiny role? Mostly to admire it from afar, but I also lent a hand to iron out a couple kinks with the CSS layout.