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A GOOD FRIEND
MY EARLIEST IMPRESSION of the Bible was that it must be the biggest book in the world. When we visited the grandparents each year, I usually found time to measure the huge gray volume sitting on its own special table in the front room, to check if it truly was six inches thick, ten inches wide, and fourteen inches long. Grandma referred to the Bible pretty often, and always made sure my brother and I could still recite the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. Then she'd want us to talk about what new Bible stories we'd read. Once she asked, "What's the best thing about the Bible?" I said, "Well, it's mine," mainly because I'd just received a new one for Christmas! I remember how she smiled at that.
As it turned out, however, for many years the Bible actually has seemed like mine, a good friend. The more I've read, the more I've felt close to the people in the stories—ordinary folks—shepherds, the rich and the poor, fishermen, farmers, children, those who listen to God, and many who have had amazing experiences.
About the author
Darren Stone is a freelance writer. She lives in Chastine, Maine.
with contributions from ANDREW GILBERT, DEE MAHUVAWALLA, CAROLYN HILL, A. BELLE ANDERSON, JULIE GADDO
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WARREN BOLON, SENIOR WRITER
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Michelle Boorstein
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BY MARIAN ENGLISH
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BY JAMES SIEH LANGFORD
PRAYER CALMS MIDAIR TURBULENCE
BY MARTA GREENWOOD
TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK A CALL TO ACTION
BY KIM GREEN
GOD NEVER LOSES SIGHT OF YOU
BY ERIC OYAMA
A LONG, BRIGHT NIGHT FOR THE TRAVELER
BY CHRISTINE LOVE
Things we've learned about God
with contributions from Katie Swoap, Ashley Noville, Nathan Gaubatz, Thomas McNiff, Peter Woodsum
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Frederick R. Andresen
SHE LISTENED FOR GOD'S WORD: INJURY HEALED
BARBARA S. WILLIAMS
HEALED OF BACK PAIN
CAROL ROSE KELLING
SEEING GOOD AS THE ONLY REALITY BRINGS HEALING