Wednesday, February 23, 2011
In my edition, the quote is on page 53: “Reading good books ruins you for enjoying bad books.” The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is such a good book. I know this though I haven’t read but almost a fifth of the book.
It is not written in chronological order. We learn of things twenty years ago within a couple of pages written of right now. Within three pages, we read of events witnessed by two very different people, complete with different results. And, we want to read more.
So far there have been a couple of biblical references, both leaving the reader with questions, as they did our main character. I wonder if we will read the author’s answer to the character’s question: “Burning bush, God’s words or crowd control?”
Frankly, I know my own answer to that question – God’s word. Which I also see as a ‘good book’ as well as The Good Book.
I enjoy reading the King James Bible and consider it a very good book as literature. I really don’t need it translated into what is termed modern English to relish the stories, the examples nor the applications. I do not consider myself highly education and deem it almost an insult to read ads that tell me today’s versions make the Bible easier to understand. My goodness, are we considered that dumbed-down that the Bible must be in a Dick/Jane format.
Silly me – today’s generations probably don’t know where Dick/Jane came from. I’m an old fogey, tied to antiquated ways, right? Perhaps. I do prefer thees, thous, thines, etc. to texting’s U R 4, and LOL after LOL.
The Bible is history, poetry, love songs, adventures, sagas, all rolled into one message – God created and remains involved in His creation. Paul, who had studied scriptures all his life, explained to Timothy:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV)
Two hundred and fifty-five verses contain the phrase “word of the Lord.”
I love the last entry, in a letter from Peter who traveled with our Lord for three years.
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (1 Peter 1:24-25 KJV)
Physically and politically our world changes about us. Upheavals in both keep us unsettled, ill at ease. Yet, the word of the Lord endures. I know many of its verses, and so do you, dear readers. Let us put this good book to good use.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105 KJV)