Sometimes it’s the book; sometimes it’s the reader

“when you have finished reading the book”

Jeremiah 51:63


I’ve been reading a book that last several days, that has been a rather interesting experience.  It was written by a friend of mine, so I was eager to read it, but only a few chapters into it, I was disappointed to find that I really wasn’t enjoying it. 

Part of the problem was that I am totally not the demographic the book is aiming for.  She writes for young adults and I’m a little past that.  But even taking that into account, it wasn’t working for me.  It seemed a little shallow or superficial or something.  Not something I would have read even when I was a young adult. 

I mentioned to my daughter that I was a little dismayed that I wasn’t enjoying it more, and she suggested that maybe that was the nature of the book.  She knew the basic plot, and that the main character is a little superficial, but learns some valuable lessons over the course of the book.  She said, “Maybe the character is intentionally written that way, and the book will develop some depth as it keeps going.” 

She was absolutely right.  I kept going with it, and I’m now about five chapters from the end.  And I’m enjoying it way more than I was in the beginning.  I might not have stayed with it if it hadn’t been that I was doing a “favor” for my friend.  I might have just “given it a shot” and then moved on with my life.  I’m glad I persevered. 


Just a little food for thought for ya.  Some of the stuff in the Bible can be tedious, or seem like it was written for a whole different demographic.  Or for a whole different generation.  But if we stick with it, we’re always gonna get something out of it. And most likely, we’re gonna enjoy it a lot more than we think, too. 


~ “All Scripture… is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” ~

2 Timothy 3:16


One response to “Sometimes it’s the book; sometimes it’s the reader

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