Are you "well-read"? Have you read "the classics" by Plato, Homer, Chaucer—or books by famous authors like Austen, Bronte, Dickens, Hemingway, Shakespeare, etc.? Did you read the books on your high school summer reading list? Have you read the books listed in the New York Times best sellers list? What is the most important book you could read?
For quite a few years now, my wife and I have taken advantage of listening to books on tape or CD during our drive time. It's a wonderful alternative to listening to music or the radio. Of course, there is time for that too, but entertaining and educating oneself while driving is a terrific way to improve one's mind and become well-read at the same time. Besides, I always felt a little guilty that I never read most of the books on the list over the summers of my high school years. So this activity has helped me catch up, belatedly, to something I was supposed to do a long time ago.
What is the most important book you could read? There are so many books. Wise King Solomon said "Of making many books there is no end" (Ecclesiastes 12:12). If this was true in his day, it is ever so true today. A quick Internet search of the bowker.com website of R. R. Bowker, the official U.S. ISBN Agency, provided a report that in 2012 there were over 2,352,797 new books published.
Staggering! Just when I thought I was catching up, I find out I'm falling behind by leaps and bounds!
But there are so many important subjects in life. And then there are those really big life questions that need answers. Where are the answers to those really big questions to be found? Are the answers to these important questions to be found in the works of Machiavelli, Orwell, Huxley, Tolkien, or Rowling, or in the works of a hundred of the world's best-selling authors?
There is one book that should be at the top of everyone's reading list. It's the number one top seller of all time. And it's also the book in which the answers to the really big and important questions of life can be found. It's the Holy Bible.
You probably have a copy in your home already. But have you read it? Maybe it doesn't look that exciting. Well, you know the old saying, "Don't judge a book by its cover." There really is more in there than meets the eye. Perhaps you tried reading it and really didn't get that much out of it. Or perhaps you think the Bible is nice but really isn't relevant to today's world. Perhaps you question whether it really is the inspired Word of God.
The Bible may seem to be a bunch of jumbled books—written by different authors down through time—without much rhyme or reason. We invite you to read our booklet, The Bible: Fact or Fiction? Very eye opening.
And also, enroll in the Tomorrow's World Bible Study Course, which can be mailed to you, or you can take it online. It will make the Bible understandable. And you will see that this all-time best seller does have the answers to life's big questions. It's the most important book you can ever read.