From a literature fanatic’s perspective


I loathe bad books. I drop them if the first paragraph is bad. On the other hand, I can re-read a good book seven times. I ponder it, extract its life’s lessons and determine to be a better person. I marvel at ambiguity, subtlety and irony, not infantile didacticism.

My 10th grade lit class just finished Heart of Darkness. The poor kids struggled through, but by the end, the light went on, and I hope they are better persons for it. The other grade read Ender’s Game, an easy book but also with some powerful truths. So far this year, the kids have studied Romeo & Juliet and Homer.

But there is one book whose literature remains unequaled. If Shakespeare is the uncontested king of English literature, this book is the universal emperor. It is the Bible.

You can re-read it all your life, and it will never lack depth. It will never cease to spout truths about human nature. It doesn’t gloss heroes’ despicable lapses. It belongs to the realism genre. It belongs to most every genre. Every classical author alludes to it, detractors feel the need to discredit it — and that’s not bad because on-going research eventually answers their criticism and shores up its validity. Attacking the Bible is flattery.

The worst thing you could do is ignore it.

Repressive regimes ban it. We have a free society (thank God!). We can freely read it without the government looking over our shoulder. While others long to pry open its pages, we leave — it would seem — long to conform to repression. We leave them shut.

In addition to  holding keys to wisdom, this book also holds the key to eternal life. Thank you for reading my blog! Won’t you take a moment to read God’s blog (the Bible)?

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18 responses to “From a literature fanatic’s perspective

  1. I love the Bible. On and off over the years I’ve attended Bible study classes and even held them in my own home many years ago. I love how you put it as “God’s blog” — that is genius!

  2. Amen! Amen! Amen! Thank you for taking the time to read my posts. God bless you and your ministry!!

  3. I like the message bible. I’ve done a lot of bible reading in my lifetime, but its the only one that I really and truly just enjoyed reading, I know that kinda sounds awful lol but its true.

  4. There's a frog on my Sprocket!

    I love to read and read a lot… Of the books in the world and all that I’ve read, The Bible is the only book I read daily.
    Great post..

  5. Truer words could not have been spoken. Although the NASB is my favorite by far, after the KJV that is, I am once again enjoying the NLT because the modern read just is what I need to hear from today. You can never get tired of this beautiful, awesome, life changing book. Thank you for reminding us that God’s blog never goes out of style or season.

  6. Great blog – love the books you mentioned – loved enders game in particular and of course the Bard – YAY

    my favorite version of the Bible is the one where the Spirit inside me whispers to me from something i hear or see or read. The Spirit breaths life into the words written millennia ago, and it thrills my heart!

    Great post bro!
    Ben

  7. So true, so true. I read McArthur’s Study Bible: American Standard Version. McArthur is truly a fine scholar and pastor.

  8. Amen and will read my bible right now as it is my time to read for today =)

  9. I’m glad I am not the only one! I am re reading Charlotte’s Web with my daughter at the moment. Such a delightful experience… I remember that book being the first piece of literature I fell in love with as a small child.

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