John is the most reccomended book for a beginner from all accounts I've heard from my former pastor and is repeated by an aunt of mine. I agree that Job should be cut out and is too complex. Its also not for the faint of heart. For the NT, I've always been a fan of Mathew (though John is more reccomended for beginners as I noted above, due to it's simpler and direct language compared with the other gospels), Corinthians, Romans, Acts, and Revelations. But revelations is a bunch of metaphoric prophocies so it won't make much sense to a beginner. I'd insert Timothy in it's place instead. Both Timothy books are really good and more relatable to daily life, IMO. For the OT, I do like Isaiah alot. But as has been said, it is a very long book. Daniel is a good book, but complex as well considering it's code of symbolic/metaphoric prophocies. A novice will not understand it and dismiss it completely. Just my thoughts/opinions regarding the books that were mentioned. I would only add Timothy to the conversation. It should also be said that anyone starting out reading the bible might want to stay away from the things that were written in the context of the ancient audience, because many of the parables and analogies were intended to relate to those people's lives thousands of years ago. What made sense in 3,000 B.C. will not make much of any sense in 2009 AD.