“The Bible is the best-selling book of all time – estimates run as high as 6 billion worldwide, one for almost every person alive. Yet it’s a rare Bible owner who picks it up often enough to pick up much of what’s in it. Sixty percent of Americans “say they read the Bible at least on occasion,” but fewer than half can name the first book. Only a third know who delivered the Sermon on the Mount, many guessing Billy Graham. Fully a quarter of American Bible readers do not know what it is that Easter celebrates.” Steven C. Walker, BYU Magazine, 45. (Quoting from a Gallup poll in 2000.)
The great theologian, Martin Buber, urged people to “read, listen, and struggle with the Bible as if they had never read it before.” Martin Buber, The Jewish Bible after the Holocaust, 598.
“Bereavement [and I may add great loss] is the deepest initiation into the mysteries of human life, an initiation more searching and more profound than even happy love.” William R. Inge, Personal Religion and the Life of Devotion, 88-89.