The Good Book Still Beats All

The Bible is a six-billion best seller

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Not only did God create “the heavens and the earth,” He also still owns the biggest best selling book of all time.

The Bible has been translated into its 700th language.

“This is exciting news,” said James Poole, executive director of Wycliffe Bible Translators.

More than 5.7 billion people — that’s billion with a ‘b’ — in the world, speaking 700 different languages and dialects, now have the Bible in their own language.

‘Lord of the Rings’ in the top five

Needless to say, The Holy Bible is the most popular book in history, followed by The Little Red Book:  Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung, written by Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), former chairman of the Communist Party — one billion copies; Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes — 500 million; A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens — 200 million; and Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien — 150 million copies.

Which particular portion of the world’s population received the 700th translation of the Bible was difficult to pin down, but it was one of three recent translations —

Remote ethnic groups

The Huichol (Wixáritari) Bible, used by an indigenous group of people of Mexico; the Ellomwe Bible, read in Malawi and Mozambique; and the Igede Bible, which is used by a Nigerian ethnic group.

There are now translations of the Bible in more than 3,350 of the 7,350 languages used on Earth, including 245 sign languages.

However, there are more than 1.5 billion people — one in five of the world’s population — who still don’t have a Bible in their language.

God’s work — or at least His word — goes on.

Who wrote the Bible and when did they write the 66 separate books? Read HERE

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Remembering Paul Newman, a great actor and a great philanthropist

“What could be better than to hold your hand out to people less fortunate than you are?”

In 1988 Paul Newman co-founded the Hole in the Wall residential summer camp for gravely ill children.

Located in Ashford, Connecticut, it is named after the gang in his 1969 movie ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.’ Newman’s college fraternity Phi Kappa Tau adopted the Hole in the Wall camp as their national philanthropy and the original camp has expanded into several in the United States, Ireland, France, and Israel. [Official website]

Paul Newman with some of the Hole in the Wall kids

Paul Newman died on the morning of September 26, 2008, in the company of his family. He was 83 years old. His body was cremated after a private funeral service near his home in Westport, Connecticut.

Paul Newman’s great summation scene in the 1982 movie ‘The Verdict’

“In my religion, they say, ‘Act as if you had faith and faith will be given to you.’ If… if we are to have faith in justice, we need only to believe in ourselves. And act with justice. I believe there is justice in our hearts.”


With the love of his life Joanne Woodward.

His Other passionHis great passion, after Joanne Woodward and right up there with movies, was auto racing.

As Cool Hand Luke in the 1967 classic.

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