I think most readers have one or two “goal books” they think about. Those big massive tomes that represent the literary version of the marathon. For me, for the longest time, it was Gone With the Wind. I conquered that mountain in high school and moved on to The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. That one I never finished and don’t feel all that bad about. I’ve mostly contented myself with writing a novel instead of conquering a novel.
But lately I’ve been thinking there’s another book I need to read. The Bible. Regardless of your religious beliefs, I think it’s a good book to understand and think about. At one point Laura Lippman was reading a page of the Bible and a page of Shakespeare every day. SJ Rozan reads through the Torah sections regularly and Steven Torres keeps a separate journal of his Bible reading thoughts.
Unlike most big books, The Bible is something that probably isn’t going to be read from beginning to end like a novel. The way I’m going to do it is with a book called Seasons of Reflections. It’s the NIV Bible broken into 365 daily reading sections. Each reading includes a section from the old testament, the new testament, and Psalms or Proverbs. The section I started with yesterday included Genesis 1, Matthew 1 and Psalms 1. I’m looking forward to this journey as a literary exercise and something that will sharpen and strengthen my own faith.