Not only is it concise and easy to use, I like the flexibility this Bible reading plan offers. I think this makes it manageable and consequently more likely to be followed through. I have recently started to use it on the 2-year plan and so far, it's been great.
A number of years ago I heard John Stott being asked how he kept his 'spiritual life' going. His answer? "I was introduced by Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones to a bible reading plan by the young Scottish minister, Robert Murray McCheyne'. Last week I heard Ravi Zacharias, speaking in McCheyne's church, St Peters, state that he had used this bible plan for years. As the current minister of St Peters and the author of the most recent biography of McCheyne, I guess you can expect that I would have a certain bias.
But this really is the best you can get. Beginning with the four beginnings of Scripture (Genesis, Ezra, Matthew and Acts) by reading four chapters per day, we read through the whole Bible in one year, the NT and Psalms twice. It is beautifully simple, easily doable and a great way to get into the Word.
This edition in Didasko is the best one I know of...Highly recommended. (Each year we buy copies to give to every member of the congregation). Worth every cent!
I'm the pastor of a church and I've been using the McCheyne Bible reading plan for the last decade or so. The More Precious Than Gold booklet, being slim enough to fit into my Bible, has been a much easier way to keep track of where I've got to and what I'm reading next than the scraps of paper I used to use.
I've found it very helpful in my own quiet times, but recently I've seen how helpful it is in encouraging people to start reading the Bible themselves on a regular and consistent basis. They've proved very popular with new Christians wanting to read the Bible for the first time, and with people who have been Christian for a while but who haven't necessarily got into the best habits of daily reading.
I often encourage couples or groups of students living together to use this Bible reading plan in the way that McCheyne first suggested, reading two of the passages privately in the morning, and the other two, together, in the evening, and I know people who have done that have found it very helpful, but of course it's just as valuable if you use it on your own, over either one or two years.