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The year of Revelation: Florenceville-Bristol man to read the entire Bible in 2020

A man who embraces resolutions each year, has his sights set on reading the Bible cover to cover in 2020.

Every year, Philip Davis comes up with a new year's resolution that he sticks to for the entire year

Philip Davis has a habit of making interesting resolutions and carrying them out. (Gary Moore/CBC)

It's a new year but an old tradition for Philip Davis — make a resolution and stick with it for 366 days.

The Florenceville-Bristol man sets ambitious goals every January and makes good on his plans by the end of December. 

This year Davis is on track to do something that's been in the back of his mind for years — read the Bible cover to cover.

"I've been wanting to do that for years, and I never really pushed myself to do it," said Davis, who still reads the Bible on a weekly basis. 

He's never read the entire book.

"Now I have the commitment to do it. And I'm actually kind of giddy about it."

According to the Association of Psychology Newfoundland and Labrador, studies suggest 80 per cent of people will fail at their new year's resolutions by mid-February.

"We set ourselves up for failure right from the start," said Janine Hubbard, a psychologist and director of the association. "We tend to set ourselves [up for] really unachievable goals. And we don't prepare for failure."

Philip Davis embraces resolutions every year and in 2020 he wants to rea the Bible from start to finish. 1:05

But Davis isn't a quitter.

Years of resolutions  

Last year he wrote congratulatory wedding anniversary cards to close family and friends.

In 2018 he sent 100 handwritten letters to family, friends, co-workers and people in his community.

His hope was for each letter to inspire people.

Davis sent happy anniversary cards to family and close friends for his 2019 resolution (Ed Hunter/CBC)

"It's something else to write someone a well-thought-out two- or three-page letter," said the 42-year-old.

"Some of these letters changed my relationships with people."

He also posted 100 songs to YouTube one year and stopped eating after 8 p.m. another year.

A love of reading 

Davis, a high school biology teacher, said reading the Bible will be simple compared to some of his other resolutions.

"I read lots of novels, so it's nothing for me to read a novel that's … 800 pages." 

But Davis acknowledged that reading the Bible is different from reading a regular novel.

Davis hopes to finish reading the entire Bible by October. (Gary Moore/CBC)

"When you think about this being 1,000 [pages] it seems easy. But the 1,000 pages of the Bible are very different."

His resolutions always come with a strategy.

This year, he will have to read roughly three pages a day, which he figures will take about 10 minutes. 

He's also planning to divide the New and Old Testaments into four sections, to make it easier to read.

Davis said he's not going to delay starting his resolution. In fact, he plans to finish the entire book by October. 

"I hope to get a lot of ground covered in the summertime when I'm off work."

About the Author

Gary Moore

CBC News

Gary Moore is a video journalist based in Fredericton.

With files from CBC Newfoundland

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