The Book That Should Be on Everybody’s Reading List This Summer
With the abundance of the 90+ degree weather we’ve been having lately in Ohio, it’s safe to say that it is officially summer! (and it just so happens to be June 21st when this is posted, how ironic!)
With that being said, I’m sure you’re looking for the latest craze to accompany you to the beach, on a long car ride or to that backyard BBQ, which I hope I’m invited to.
No worries, I’ve got just the book. This one’s a mystery, suspense, horror, fantasy and just about any other genre of book you could imagine – except fiction; This one’s real! That is one of the many things that makes it so great, in my opinion.
Do you think you’ve got the title figured out? If you guessed the Bible, you’re correct!
Now before you click away upset because this wasn’t what you expected, hear me out. I have a feeling the Bible may come to be one of your favorite books by far.
The Bible is the worlds #1 best selling book with well over 6 billion books sold as of 1992. Imagine how many have been sold since then. To put that into perspective, around 50 Bibles are sold each minute.
So why is the Bible so popular and why should you read it? Before I answer those questions, let’s start with a story.
On the car ride home the other day, a memory flooded my mind and I was instantly upset.
That memory is what has prompted this blog post and it took place on Easter Sunday 4 or 5 years ago. At the time, I would have been 16 years old, making my younger brother 13.
My parents, for the most part, stopped surprising my brother and I with Easter baskets and that Easter instead of a basket, I received a Bible. Back then my dad was out of work and my family was really struggling. I remember feeling disappointed when my dad handed me this small, dark purple Bible that he had found at the thrift store.
I didn’t want a Bible, especially not one from the thrift store. I wanted candy or a chocolate bunny like my brother got. I thanked my dad for the gift but then sat the Bible on a shelf where it sat for years.
Thinking back to that time, I feel ashamed. Ashamed because I was given perhaps the greatest gift my dad could have given, yet it took me 5 years to realize it.
Growing up, I was always told to read my Bible. I tried time after time but it never stuck. The words were so boring and I couldn’t understand what was so appealing to so many people. It took me until the age of 19 to make an effort to read my Bible and until the age of 21 to make it a priority. Now I can’t imagine going a day without reading my Bible, it is genuinely the most important object in my possession and my all time favorite book.
So to answer your questions, why is the Bible so popular and why should you read it?
The Bible is so popular because it is the living, breathing, word of God. Every word in the Bible was written by man for the Glory or God. The Bible is so popular because unlike the millions of self help books that claim to fix your life and don’t, the Bible actually does! It’s seriously the most beautiful thing I have come to experience.
Imagine a book that has something for everybody. A book that can help those struggling with depression, anxiety, an eating disorder, domestic violence, you name it, the Bible can help you take the steps to overcome even the worst affliction.
So why should you read the Bible? For many reasons, to learn about Christian history, to learn more about God and Jesus Christ and to get deliverance from anything you may be struggling with.
- If you don’t know much about the Bible, this graphic is chalk full of useful information.
- More Bible facts!
- This is a short, yet concise article on why the Bible is important.
- Here is an article with 10 reasons to read the Bible.
So if you don’t have the Bible on your summer reading list, give it a shot. I have a feeling you wont regret it.
If you are interested in learning more about the how to read the Bible check out my beginners guide here! I walk you through everything – and I mean everything – you need to know about reading the Bible as a beginner. These were the exact steps I took when I first started, as well as some helpful things I’ve learned along the way.
If you’d rather watch a video version of my beginners guide, check it out below!