It is sensational to read a book that is good for you!

This article is part of a series on books that have been around for a while and are good for you. Some books we read for fun, just pure enjoyment and we do not care if we learn anything.  There are other books full of intelligent, well-thought-out ideas, but are so boring, we want to put them down and not wait to get to the point. The books in this series are books that I have found to be both good for you and fun or interesting to read. The books that we are spotlighted are the following:

  • The Bible
  • Outliers
  • Think and Grow Rich
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World
  • Guess How Much I Love You
It is sensational to read a book that is good for you!

These are all books I have read more than once and find myself recommending to other people repeatedly.   Let’s start with the first book on the list, the Bible. I am a born-again Christian woman, but that is not why I am recommending the Bible today. I am recommending it because the Bible has been around longer than most books.  Parts of it have been copied and adapted by more people than we can count over the course of time. It is interesting to read the Bible and then see parts of it copied in other works of art and literature.

Throughout high school and college, my teachers and professors told me on numerous occasions how the plays and sonnets were taken from Bible stories.  For example, look at the similarities between Pilate and Lady McBeth with the handwashing.  Check out the similarities between Sodom and Gomorrah and much of trashy reality television. The Bible tells us there is nothing new under the sun and on television, there are 200 channels and 190 0f them are showing re-runs!

I often joke with my husband that one of our favorite singers, Fred Hammond, just opens the Bible at random and starts singing whatever he finds on the page. Fred Hammond has a song, we are blessed, the words:

We are blessed in the city blessed in the fields

Blessed when we com and when we go

We cast down every stronghold sickness and poverty must cease

The devil is defeated

And we are blessed

Doesn’t that look an awful lot like this passage from the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy:

Blesed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field . . .

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out

The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and shall flee before thee seven ways.

When you get a chance, check out the Bible not as a religious book, this time take a look at it as a cure for writer’s block!  So the question or you this Sensational Saturday is what book do you turn to spur your creative juices?