It’s been awhile since I’ve been asked this. The first time was probably a month or so after being baptized (back in 2004 I believe) – it was a hard question to answer then, and it still is now. I can’t honestly say I’ve read the Bible several times fully. Let’s see – I *think* I’ve read it fully twice … and I’m on round 3 right now and am in Nehemiah.
When I was first asked this was over some book study in a Real-Life Group (a.k.a. small group) in this church. I vaguely recall most of the responses were some book of the Gospels, or Proverbs (especially gals). Maybe someone also picked Psalms. I *think* I picked whatever book I was reading at the time (which probably was one of the Gospels since I heard I should start at the beginning of the New Testament, which starts with the Gospels).
So, I could be all like everyone else and pick one of the Gospels for several reasons… but I’m not.
SIDE NOTE: You know this actually digs in deeper to an issue I have with labelling some things as ‘my favorite’. I really don’t carry around things categorized in that way. My favorite book? I don’t know – I like a lot of different stuff some a whole bunch, but can I name one as my favorite? No. Movies? The same – but I like a lot of old movies! Maybe the issue lies in the fact that I don’t always remember titles to things very well. Like movies, and songs and bands and books. I can tell you little bits of the song/story/a scene but unless you can connect the dots, it’s usually a moot point.
Anyway, I’m enjoying the Old Testament and really like what I’m reading now – so I’ll say Nehemiah is my favorite. I thought it was Ezra I was so enamored with, but apparently I was wrong. I’m almost at the end of it.
I just really love the story of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem and all the struggles they go through and how Nehemiah just ‘sticks it to the man’ opposing the work (4 and 6), bringing the people together, leading them (4), speaking out and making changes to those oppressed (5) and they get it done in *52 days*. Then he and Ezra reform the people by reading the Law and some serious celebration like they hadn’t done in a *long time* (8). Last thing – I don’t recall ever reading chapter 9 where pretty much the entire story of the Jews is told in short-form…
and that, per the ‘rules’, I’m supposed to tag 5 people to continue this. But like the emails I so frequently get from the same people that tell me what I’m supposed to do, I will not. I can so totally tag five guys that I think *might* do this, but I think only one or two of them really would. If you think you’re one of those two, go right ahead and please leave me a comment along with leaving a comment with the originator here.