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The Best Book I Ever Read

Updated on March 7, 2012

I love to read

When asked, “What is the best book you have ever read?” I couldn’t pick just one book in particular, as I love to read. But, as I thought about it, I realized there is one book that has touched and molded my life above any other.

It may not qualify as a book, in and of itself, although, it is referred to as a book. It could be classified as merely a chapter in a larger body of work. Though each book, or chapter, is not necessarily penned by the same person within the summation of the text.

The book I refer to is the book of Proverbs within the Christian text known as The Holy Bible. Thought to be written by the wise King Solomon, it is a book I have read over many times in my life, and have found fresh wisdom for whatever life happens to be throwing at me.

As a young person, I learned to obey my parents, to avoid bad company, and to be kind to others. When I got older, I learned the benefits of seeking wisdom and obtaining knowledge; to listen to wise counselors and avoid those with wicked hearts and tongues.

I learned not to take from those who have so little, and to give to those in need; to avoid the snares of borrowing money, and not make money the most important thing in life. I learned that hard work brings the most prized rewards in life.

When I fell in love, I learned to keep a godly heart, to remain faithful, and the qualities of a good wife. I learned how to be a good neighbor, not gossiping about others, but keeping my words sweet and praiseworthy.

The book of Proverbs holds thirty-one chapters, each filled with many verses. Each chapter deals with the issues of life, giving the keys to living a long and happy life. Of all the verses in this book my favorite is found in Chapter 3: 5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths.”



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      miss_jkim 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your choice b.Malin.

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      miss_jkim 6 years ago

      This is a most interesting response Larry, thank you for sharing your favorite books. Although I am not a native southerner, I was transplanted from the Mid West to the Deep South in 1975; my favorite book about the south would have to be Gone With The Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. I had seen the movie as a child, but the book truly brought home the difficulties of life during and after the Civil War. It helped me understand the basis of the Southern culture through their eyes. I have become a resident of the south, and married a 4th generation southern boy. There is much that I love about this part of the country, and much I see that still needs to be changed.

      I have not read, To Kill a Mocking Bird, but thank you for the suggestion. I do wish to read it and will reflect on, what I hope to be, the positive changes I see. I presently live in a small southern town and we still have our issues, but I also see large strides in the right direction.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I found this book in my In-laws Library when I was pregnant with my first child...many, many, years ago...It was called "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"... Of course since that time I've had many Favorites. Good Hub Topic Mss jKim.

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      Larry Wall 6 years ago

      It is hard to say that any other book is better than the books of the Bible. So let's assume that the Bible is or should be the first choice for everyone.

      So, we turn to the books we find in the library. I have two favorites.

      The first is Too Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is my opinion the greatest book of the 20th century. The characters are real, the story is compelling and it was written to be a one time story--not one in a series. We know all we need to know. Being a native of the South, I am aware of how Black people were treated, especially in the smaller towns. It was an appalling time in our history. Without commentary or condemnation the author makes everyone aware of the prejudice that can affect the lives of so many people. If you have not read it, please do. It will be time well spent.

      The second book is The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway. It is a short book--good for book reports. But Hemmingway tells us three stories in that book, the story of an old man trying to survive his final years, the story of a the old man in his younger years and though briefly, the story of his youth. It is a masterful piece of literature.