A recent zeitgeist of Library Thing reveals that the most unwanted book today is Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code with a whopping 8141 copies that people wish to trade it away. Wasn’t this the book that only a few years ago took the world by storm by generating a conspiracy theory that Mary Magdalene was supposedly the mother of a child fathered by Jesus Christ? Wouldn’t a book that sparked so much discussion be a reader’s treasured keepsake?
This list reminded me of the oft-quoted sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley titled “Ozymandias”:
‘My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:/Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’/
Nothing beside remains.
But the zeitgeist immediately brought to mind 1 Peter 1:24-25:
For all men are like grass, and their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.
Hundreds of years after being published, The Holy Bible continues to top best-seller and best book lists as well as having the distinction of being one of the most stolen books in the world. There are so many interesting facts about The Bible that it could take a person an eon to go through commentaries written about The Good Book, notwithstanding reading the actual word of the Lord himself.
I believe that people are so willing to part with their copy of The Da Vinci Code because it didn’t provide them the answer to questions about the lineage of Jesus. It didn’t even provide them a decent argument of proof. But Christians know there is a book that will answer this question and many more…but you need to open it (or make it easy and Google it)!
If John Kieran was correct when he said, “I am a part of all I have read,” why not get closer to the One we wish to be a bigger part of and read a little wisdom in your Bible today? It still stands forever.