I don't take it (literally). I believe it does contain valuable lessons through parables as well as offer some insight into human behavior.
Do I believe Samson killed (1000 men) with the jawbone of a donkey?
Do I believe God created foreign languages due to Tower of Babel?
Do I believe Adam lived to be 930 years?
Do I believe Noah was 500 years old when he became a father?
Do I believe the earth is less than 10,000 years old?
My answer is (NO) to these and many other assertions contained in the bible. However I do believe one can find inspirational aspects within it and a measure of comfort. I don't bash people who do believe "everything" in it. To each his/her own. Live and let live. :)