Recently, I invited a salesperson into my home to explain his product and give me an estimate. I don’t usually do such things, but this guy actually has something in which I’m really interested. The only reason I even mention this event is what he said during the time he spent in my house.
At one point, I engaged him in conversation about the clientele he has in our area. As he described some of the folks with whom he had done business, he exclaimed, “I could write a book!” This is an expression I’ve heard a lot over my lifetime, but not so much in recent years. I had, in fact, used it many times myself over the course of time—but not lately.
The Book Inside You
The main reason I’ve not used this expression in the recent past is the fact that I actually did write a book. It seems a little weird to say that when it’s already occurred. Still, it reminded me of something I’ve been saying since I wrote “The Last Wedding.” I believe that everyone has a book inside them. If nothing else, you could tell your own story. Biographies can make for interesting history.
I’m not suggesting that everyone author a tome. It takes a lot to get your book on paper (or even on a computer). It’s a major investment of your time. Along with that, you need to discipline yourself to sit down and actually produce something (life can be extremely distracting). Then, on top of all that, it helps to have a little writing talent.
Besides, there are about 80,000,000 books on the market at any given time. Guys like me don’t need any more competition than we already have. But, as they say, the more the merrier. Many folks merely publish a book to give to their relatives and friends, and that’s it. Others get one copy printed and set it on their coffee tables as a conversation piece.
It’s a Big Book
Then there’s the biggest competition of all. Of course, I’m referring to the Bible—the best-selling book of all time. It took a lot of patience, discipline, and talent to write that one—not to mention a couple of millennia and over forty authors. I don’t know if you’ve ever read the entire thing, but it’s a big book. Still, it could have been a lot longer.
There’s a passage in the Gospel of John (John 21:25) which indicates that many of the things Jesus did are not recorded. It goes on to say that if those things had been written down, there wouldn’t be enough room in the entire world to fit the books about his deeds. I don’t know if this is a bit of poetic license, but regardless, the Bible could be huge.
I suspect each of his deeds could have been expanded into a best seller. The wondrous and miraculous works of the Savior couldn’t possibly be contained in a volume or two. I’d love to read them, though.
[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently pastor of Smith Chapel in Great Falls, VA.]