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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Reader (04/15/10)

TITLE: He Read His Way In
By Sandra Carter


He would come to the open area by the small stream everyday without fail. He would find that special spot where the sun was shining through and he could feel a slight breeze flow across his body. He could hear the birds chirping their melodious songs and the soft sound of the stream as it trickled by. The sounds of nature could have easily been a distraction, but the book so engrossed his mind, he could no longer hear them as he sat down on a log and began to read.

He read the chapters over and over again. He could not get enough of reading them. With every word he was filled with awe and wonder. The words seemed to lift off the page and into his heart and he began to experience a joy he had never felt before. Each day he sensed something new. He was not sure what it was, or what was happening, but he did not want it to stop so he continued to make his way to his special place daily to read the book.

He did not understand all of what he read, but the more he read, the more he began to understand as the words penetrated his heart. It was just a little bit at first as he struggled with some of the book’s meaning. Each night he pondered the words as he lay in bed prior to falling asleep.

More and more it became apparent to him what he must do. He wanted his life to reflect what he read. He wanted to have the joy he experienced on a constant basis instead of just during the time he read the book. He wanted to know complete peace and to know more of the love that seemed to flood his soul and consume his very being. He felt complete there in his special place.

So there in what had become his favorite and most cherished place and time, he knelt near the quiet stream and said, “Lord Jesus, come into my heart and be Lord of my life. I believe you are the Son of God and died for my sins.” He paused for a moment as if waiting for a response. He then said, “Forgive me for all my sins.” Although he heard no voice of confirmation or acceptance, he knew within himself a change had occurred. After he prayed this simple prayer, his life was never the same. Reading the Bible, the word of God, had shown him the way to salvation. He read his way to eternal life.

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angelos2 wark04/22/10
There is no greater story one can read that will ever compare with the Bible.

Of all the books that I have read and there have been many, none have changed my life like THE BOOK!

Thank You for sharing a truth that all of us must experience.
Joanna Stricker04/23/10
I like how you highlighted one of the greatest miracles of reading the Bible: in reading it--it has the power to change us.
Kate Oliver Webb 04/24/10
Very well done. And I love the way your story proves the inherent power of God's Word--which will "never return void."
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/29/10
This is beautiful. If this is your story, if you change it into 1st person and add a scripture you would have a great devotion to submit to devotion magazines.

Congratulations in placing in the top 15 of your level. Good job!