I have read more than a few books in the past 68+ years. I still remember reading, “Run, Spot, run.” I’m pretty sure that was my first book, though I am confident that was not the name of the book, just a line from it. My last secular read was Echo Burning which I finished on my way home from Church this past Sunday. I enjoy the exploits of Jack Reacher.
I looked with interest today at the titles of thirty books: Great literature grows out of periods of change, and there are few transitions more, well, transitional than the end of your twenties and the onset of the whole rest of your life. Whether it’s Edith Wharton in The House of Mirth or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Americanah, authors have made narrative hay of that period in life. Here are 30 favorites from an informal poll of TIME staffers. (TIME)
Although I am familiar with several on this list of thirty, I have not read a single one of them. One thing I know absolutely, however, is that the most important book to read before “the end of your twenties and the onset of the whole rest of your life,” is one they missed, the Bible. You can start with the Gospel of John (discover how much God lloves you), and you will need Proverbs every day of your life. You will be entranced with the narratives of the Old Testament, and intrigued with the power and majesty of the Messiah in the Gospels of the New Testament. The letters of Paul, the Apostle, and others, will help mature you in “the Faith,” and your entire outlook on life will be affected as you discover the certainties of Truth. Find out how the World began. . .and how it will end. Learn the history of God’s people, and the finality of this life for those who are not. Watch for the Truth contained therein being lived out in people around you, and stop by one of the many places near your home where the design and purpose of mankind described in this book is proclaimed clearly and accurately.
It’s the greatest book ever! Read it now! Read it often! Read it well!