19226_the_bizarre_bookshop__79622_zoomThe Bizarre Bookshop (Jigsaw)

My wife and I recently completed this 1,000 piece jigsaw by Ravensburger. It was a fun Christmas present. At this moment in time if you type in ‘jigsaw’ into Amazon it’s the first one in the list. The jigsaw itself is of lots of books, all famous titles that have been given humorous alternative names and the puzzle has lots of good colour variety and imaginative artwork in it too.

Have you ever looked at those polls, such as ‘The 100 books you should read before you die’, or the ‘greatest book’ polls? I always get a little sense of achievement if I’ve read a good number of them, but then get rather deflated at the same time if I haven’t read too many! I wonder if you have a favourite book, or which books you have read that have made a big impact on your life. I love hearing people get enthusiastic about books they have read and I am really passionate about my favourite stories, whether from books, films or both.

Here are a  couple of Bible verses for you. 2 Timothy chapter 3 verses 16:17 say: 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. 17 It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

The Bible is full of different kinds of literature: stories, history, poems, prohecy, letters and more. Though I don’t always understand it as well as I would like to, it helps me like nothing else to understand who God is, understand who I am and to understand the world. And though it was written over many years and though it contains all the different styles of writing, it’s actually all about Jesus. It prepares us for when he came into the world, explains why he did, and explains that he will come again. And some of the greatest stories ever told are in the Bible too. We do children’s events at church with dramas in for the kids and we are never short of awesome stories to reanact.

Got a Bible near you? Why not have a peek inside? If you don’t know where to read, there may be a helpful contents page, some of which say something like “Where to find help when…” If not, Mark is a great place to start. What have you got to lose?

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