Second Time Around
Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?
Growing up, I read Little Women so often I had parts of it memorized. I also read Black Beauty and Heidi. These were books that I owned, and I never got tired of them.
Later, and even now, I never get tired of Dickens, Austen, or Shakespeare.
But there is one Book I read every day. I’ve been reading it through every year since I was 19, a sophomore in college. It was then that I first responded to the challenge to make reading the Bible through every year a habit.
I also read through the book of Proverbs every month, reading the chapter number that corresponds to the day’s date. When there are only 30 days in the month, I read the last two chapters on the same day. In February, two chapters for the last two days, with an extra chapter when it’s a Leap Year.
I’m 68, will be 69 in July. That means I’ve been doing this for nearly 50 years, and there are two astonishing things about that. Fifty years ago I was already 19! And God has pestered me about continuing this practice when there have been months in which I really didn’t want to do it. Sometimes I’ve let it go for weeks at a time, but I get convicted about it and always go back and catch up.
I love the Bible.