When I was in college and graduate school I ploughed through many hundreds of books spanning fiction and non-fiction, and nearly any genre contained within either category. I was certain that books were humanity’s greatest source of knowledge and that I could acquire that knowledge if I read the right ones. I made my way through classics and moderns, science fiction and fantasy, history and philosophy, but for the first few years it would never have occurred to me to read the most popular book of all time.
At age 24, after I had started taking Christianity seriously, I did read it. My life has never been the same. Some people dislike the Bible intensely. Others take the position, exemplified by what Queen Elizabeth II was told at here corronation, that it is “the most prescious thing that this world affords.” As you might guess I fall into the later group. I have found in this book wisdom beyond what I could find anywhere else. Not only beautiful language, not only tremendous insight, not only phrases and images that are still referenced today by millions, sometimes without knowing it. In this book is the wisdom that speaks to me about how life should be lead.
When I was young I believed that all books were in the same category. Not all the same, obviously, but to be approached the same way. It would not have occurred to me that there is one book that stands apart from all the rest: greater, better known, and more influential to the extent that it should be studied daily, every day of my life. Now I have found such a book.