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Danica McKellar Is Reading the Old Testament for the First Time a Year After Trusting in Jesus

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Danica McKellar, who is known for playing Kevin Arnold’s love interest, Winnie Cooper, on “The Wonder Years,” is reading through the Bible and says she is “on track” to finish it this year. As part of her new “Bits of Joy” series for the Great American Family channel, McKellar shared she was especially impressed by the story of Joseph in Genesis. 

“I’ve been reading the Bible, and I’m on track to finish the Bible this year,” said McKellar in an April 16 episode titled “Bible Bits: Joseph’s Story.” “Very excited.”

“This is the first time I’ve read the Bible,” the actress continued. “And I had read the gospels before, but never the Old Testament, and I’m starting from the beginning.” She is in Leviticus now, which is “a little dry, but that’s ok…It’s actually kind of fascinating when you feel like you’re in that world, and you know what the materials look like, and what the food was. Anyway, it’s pretty amazing.”

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Danica McKellar is an author, mathematician and actress. In addition to appearing alongside Fred Savage in “The Wonder Years,” she has appeared in “The West Wing,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

In April 2022, McKellar revealed that she had come to trust in Jesus. “In my life, starting in childhood, I had been made aware of all the hypocrisy in the various religions of Christianity, it being used for evil, power & control throughout history, and that had definitely biased me,” she said. “But that’s just people, that doesn’t represent God’s actual love for us. And I can tell you I’m experiencing a relationship with God and Jesus that I’ve never had before, and it feels miraculous.”

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McKellar said that a turning point for her came when her “good friend,” Candace Cameron Bure, gave her a Bible and invited her to church. In a Sept. 29 video introducing her series, “Bits of Joy with Danica McKellar,” the actress said, “I discovered my faith, Christianity, this year. When I say ‘discovered,’ I mean I had been around it before, but it never really resonated.” When Bure invited her to church, however, “I had a different experience.” 


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McKellar’s episodes are featured in GAC Community, a new app that Hallmark Channel competitor Great American Family launched in September. Both Bure and McKellar recently left the Hallmark Channel for Great American Family. 

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In her “Bible Bits” episode, McKellar said she has been using The Bible Recap, a podcast started by another friend of Bure’s, Tara-Leigh Cobble. Launched in 2019, The Bible Recap is a brief, daily podcast that follows a chronological Bible reading plan. Participants read the Bible passage of the day and then listen to the podcast episode, in which Cobble summarizes key points from the passage and what the text reveals about the nature of God.