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Summer Reading

A spiritual look at issues of interest to young people

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Maybe you've noticed those lists of books that come out each summer, recommending what people should read when they're on vacation or hanging out at home with free time.

How would you react to a list that included stories like the following? "A heartwarming tale of faithful friendship, in which a young woman overcomes her struggles and finds what love really is." . . . "An epic saga! Find out how one man endures family betrayal, passion's fury, and prison, and winds up living among royalty." . . . "He had it all-the wealth most people only dream of. But his life was a bankruptcy."

These are not descriptions of the latest in pulp fiction. They are just a few of the stories found in the Bible. Even though people have always read the Bible, you probably haven't heard your friends recommending it as a real page turner for the poolside. Well, maybe it's worth a look anyway. Incidentally, the first description given above was of the short, easy-to-read book of Ruth; the second told about Joseph (see Genesis, chaps. 37-45); and the third was from a parable Christ Jesus taught (see Luke 15:11-32).

The Bible is an interesting book, and it has a way of really sticking with you-you find you want to go back and read its stories more than once. It's a book about life, and it covers all the subjects people are interested in in 1997. And even more than that, the Bible might be called the ultimate self-help book. When you read it (or read some of it, anyway, because you don't have to read all of it at once), the stories and messages show you how to help yourself live a happier, healthier, more successful life. Bible stories have power behind them.

The woman who founded this newspaper wrote something pretty simple and profound about the Bible: "The central fact of the Bible is the superiority of spiritual over physical power" (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 131). She couldn't have made that statement if she hadn't known the Bible pretty well.


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