What do the books I mentioned above have in common? They have all been made into movies. However, there’s another very popular book that has been made into dozens, if not hundreds of movies, including a miniseries. Yes, the book I’m talking about is the Bible. Like most bestsellers, each of its readers probably has his or her favorite character or story. More importantly, the Bible offers us the story of our Savior and the good news He brings, in pure, unadulterated form. We also get a behind-the-scenes look at the events leading up to His birth in the narrative of the Old Testament-a premier event that is not exclusive, but inclusive to all of humankind. As cool as franchises like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games are, you’re not going to have J.K. Rowling speak at your graduation or get a tour of the set for the Hunger Games movies without paying a hefty sum. The Word of God, in contrast, is completely free (especially if you’re at a hotel), and has been on the bestseller list for over two thousand years (waaay before the New York Times Bestseller List made its debut in 1931). So, why not find a cozy place to sit, grab your beverage of choice, and spend the day-or even just an hour-with some colorful characters in the greatest story ever told?
Elizabeth Scheibl is a former intern and current Resident Supervisor at New Beginnings. She is still an English major and History minor at Wisconsin Lutheran College. In her spare time, she likes reading, writing, and standing on chairs and singing.