A book can change everything

Rebekah’s first words were actually a sentence. She would approach me, throw a book at me, and say, “Readabook.”
 
Not “mama.” Not “dada.”
 
It was “readabook.”
 
I think reading set her course in the right direction. While we certainly read to her three younger siblings, for the first fourteen months of her life, she was the beneficiary of having much of Mom’s and Dad’s attention.
 
We read and read and read.
 
And she is a fast, avid reader today as well–while also serving God as a high school English teacher and parenting six children. 
 
Reading can change a life.
 
When King Josiah was 30 years old, his high priest, Hilkiah found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord. Hilkiah gave the book to the king’s secretary, Shaphan, who told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.”
 
The Book changed everything.
 
When Shaphan read The Book to the king, Josiah immediately understood that his nation, Judah, had not been following the Lord God. And he cleaned house. He repented. And then HE himself read The Book to all the elders.
 
The king supervised the destruction of the worship places for other god figures in the high places. THEN he returned to his home in Jerusalem. The Passover was observed. And he was termed “no king like him.”
 
Reading the Bible–God’s Word, The Word–with the intent to understand WILL change your life. Your perspective will change. Your desires will change. Your behavior will change.
 
You just need to read that one book.
 
Janet McHenry loves to bring truth and hope to others’ lives through her speaking and writing. The author of 24 books–including Bible studies and books on prayer–she would love to serve as the speaker for your next event and may be contacted through her website, https://www.janetmchenry.com.
 
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