This is the first blog entry reviewing or summarizing books that I’ve read and find of value to share with others. I would love to hear from you.
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The first book I’ve chosen to write about is the one considered to be the best-selling book in the world, The Holy Bible. But yet we must remember there are some countries that don’t have The Holy Bible translated in their language. There is much work to do.
For those of us who have this wonderful book available to us, I recommend it highly for several reasons. In The Old Testament you can learn the history of the beginning of the world. Its foundational and divine basis of truth, love, forgiveness and salvation can bring peace to your life. The Holy Bible holds the answers to all life’s situations. There’s divinely inspired prophecy: You can know what is yet to come as we are told in John 16:13: But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.
Especially if you believe in God, reading the Bible is highly recommended. As Dr. H. L. Wilmington says in hisWilmington’s Guide to the Bible, we would want to tell The Holy Bible’s author, God, that yes, we’ve read His book.
If you’ve never read The Holy Bible, you might want to start slowly, almost with “baby food.” Perhaps begin with a Bible for children or a Bible storybook. After all we are children of God. These will give you a quick summary and you can become familiar with some of the often-referenced stories to prepare you for when you reach next for the real thing.
There are different translations of The Holy Bible. As a next step, you might try the Living Bible, then the New International Version and finally the King James version or the New American Standard. In any of these versions I suggest one with good footnotes to the scriptural text. One of my favorites is The Life Application Bible, which not only explains scriptures but also gives you practical life applications--as you would expect--of God’s Holy Word.
Read the Good Book. You’ve been invited to by the author: Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Revelation 1:3)
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