Thursday, April 21, 2011

I’ve been hard at work this week putting the finishing touches on a manuscript that is due to the editor next week. Like all authors I want to do my best and send a story that will be well-received by readers. All writers feel that way. If the truth was known, I suspect we all wish for more. We dream that our efforts will someday be recognized by having our names alongside those elite who have made THE list—The New York Times Bestseller List.

As an avid reader, I scan the list sometimes and wonder how certain books were included in the group. Then I ponder what it takes to make a bestseller. I haven’t discovered the answer, but I haven’t given up either.

Such thoughts prompted me to seach the internet for an answer to this question—What is the world’s bestselling book of all time? Of course I knew the answer and wasn’t surprised when it appeared. With over 6 billion copies sold, the Bible holds a record that appears no book will ever be able to equal. Its stories and teachings offer Christians a guide for their lives and provide comfort and peace in times of trouble.

Last Sunday Christians observed Palm Sunday as it ushered in Holy Week which will culminate in the celebration of Easter on this Sunday. Christians all over the world will celebrate this special day, and churches will be packed for worship services. Then the bestselling book of all time will be opened and the story of the death, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ will be read.

If you haven’t read this best seller, I recommend it whole heartedly. A five star review of a book is great, but for this one—there aren’t enough stars in the sky to measure its worth. Believe me when I say, it can change your life.

Read an excerpt from this book that is on sale wherever fine books are sold.

Mark 15:16-24

16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.
17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.
21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.
22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.
23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

Has God’s word gotten you through a rough time? Has it changed your life? Leave a comment and tell what God’s done for you. Happy Easter!


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