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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Top 100?

By Scott Harrup
June 1, 2014

Earlier this year, Amazon released its newest list of “top 100 books to read in a lifetime.” I was intrigued and accessed the list online, noting with some satisfaction that I have read a number of the selections (Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken, to name a few).

The list is alphabetical and devoid of any hierarchy, supposedly to demonstrate that “no book is more important than another.” Perhaps that rationale strikes you as humorous as it did me coming from a team that had spent months trying to identify 100 books all of us should read in a lifetime.

Whenever a group of experts attempt to identify a “best of” list, the results are sure to spark controversy. But one omission from this list struck me as more than a little shortsighted.

The Bible.

I can imagine some of the problems Amazon’s selection team anticipated. If you name one religious text, how many others do you need to include to appear balanced? If, as member Sara Nelson said, the goal was to find books that “don’t feel like homework” or “eat your vegetables” books, the Bible may have been perceived as requiring too much study and carrying too didactic a tone.

I disagree with the selection board’s omission, but I’m not advocating letters of protest or a boycott of Amazon. I’d rather encourage you to put that time to far better use — pick up a Bible and read it.

The Bible absolutely should be a book you read in your lifetime. Going a step further, I’m convinced the Bible is the one Book you should read throughout your life. Once through, cover to cover, will barely get you started.

Throughout the year, the Pentecostal Evangel relies on biblical principles to undergird the magazine’s content. Each year, our Summer Reads edition identifies other books that promote the Bible’s message of a redemptive relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.

If some of the books mentioned in this issue catch your eye, don’t forget to include their primary Source in your personal reading.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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