The bestseller of all time (Fifty firsts, #21)

If such a thing is possible, I read too much. I always have. I can remember pouring over the elementary Scholastic book offerings with a kind of devotion I lack in my life today. I would read every description, circling the ones that appealed to me, and then carefully add up the cost to see how many I could buy. I wasn’t above begging for extra money and, sometimes, that worked because my Mom loves books, too.

One of the greatest disappointments about moving to WV was that the one-room school house I was attending had no library. There was a bookcase, or two, but I had read all the books on those shelves. I don’t remember the bookmobile coming to the school but maybe it did. I do remember trips to the library where I checked out more books than I could comfortably carry. I used to dream about having a library in my house but times have changed. I now read most of my books on my iPad. I like the ease of checking out and renewing books online. I find myself passing my real books along but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to part with my children’s books. There are too many memories tied up in the books from my past.

The year I turned fifty, I found a book that I’d never read from start to finish, even though I’d had access to it for most of my life. Bits and pieces of it have been wedged into my memory, and I know stories from it by heart. Guinness World Records has it recorded as the best-selling book of all time. The book that I read from cover to cover for the first time when I was fifty was The Bible.

My large print Bible sits beside my bottle collection. Some of the advice in it is easy to follow. Ecclesiastes 9:7 says “Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart…” and, Ephesians 5:18 says “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery…”

What surprised me the most about reading The Bible was that the sermons and Sunday School lessons I’ve heard all my life cover so little of the material in there. It was a book that continually surprised me, and while parts of it were hard to understand, other parts of it appear to be the foundation for the majority of the “sayings” that I’ve heard all my life. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much.

I now read from The Bible every morning and I continue to find new tidbits that make me think, expressions that surprise me, and passages that provide comfort. It’s probably a few steps beyond normal, but I also find parts that make me laugh. Did you know that King Solomon thought that “a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping” and “like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion”?

My favorite Bible verses are in Philippians 4:6-7. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

4 thoughts on “The bestseller of all time (Fifty firsts, #21)

  1. Patti Adams

    As you know, I too have loved reading most of my life. We didn’t have kindergarten at Catawba, but I was determined to get through the 40-50 books that came monthly in the bookmobile. As I grew older I enjoyed series of books with around a thousand pages. Thus, my first reading of the Bible occurred during the summer before my senior year in high school. Of course, at that age, many things did not “sink-in.” We did have a wonderful minister at that time that I pestered with many questions. My second reading of the Bible was after I retired. It was a little confusing, with some contradictions that I didn’t remember from the first time. But then I figured that the books were written by different people. I had also watched a lot of documentaries, and there are a lot of opinions out there. I think that Christians need to remember what our Lord thought was most important overall. For me, it is “The Golden Rule!” Love!!!

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