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Are you one of those folks who jump to the end of the book? Read the last chapter first? Try to take all the fun out of the journey?
Books—fiction books at least—are meant to be read from the front cover to the back. In that order. The writer, after all, has spent many sweat-filled years, creating a story that leads you from scene to scene, character to character, plot twist to plot twist to give you the satisfying ending he designed.
So to you book jumpers, I say again, “tsk, tsk.”
But that’s for fiction.
You can sometimes get away with chapter jumping when reading non-fiction books. Non-fiction. That’s the real life stuff. The books filled with facts and history and truth.
Sometimes the non-fiction author intends to lead you chapter-by-chapter to one ultimate truthful conclusion.
But sometimes each chapter can stand by itself.
Chapter 1: Here’s something you need to know.
Chapter 27: If you want this, then…
Chapter 42: Here are 39 ways to…
Chapter 3: Don’t forget to…
With those books, each truth—each chapter—can stand alone. And each can stand as part of the whole.
Go ahead and jump to the end of those books. No tsk-ing required.
So it is with the Bible.
The Bible is our eternal non-fiction reference guide. Yet, it is written by the Master Author—with scenes in history, character development, plot twists and the ultimate ending that explains everything that came before that final chapter. And everything that comes after it.
Chapter 1: Here’s something you need to know. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Chapter 17: If you want this, then…follow Jesus.
Chapter 42: Here are 39 ways to…live like Jesus.
Chapter 3: Don’t forget to…obey God.
Conclusion, final chapter, Book of Revelation: God wins. So do we.
Go ahead and jump to the end of the book. In fact, leap to the end. It’s all good. It’s all very good. That’s why it’s called “The Good Book.”
But as for you novel leapers…tsk-tsk-tsk.
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