I spend a large portion of my waking hours dedicated to the technology of Harrisburg Academy.  But as you may have learned from a previous blog, I also have a strong interest in Scouting.  You may also know that I play the pipe organ every week in church.  All this keeps me quite busy, but I will occasionally find time to read a good book.  Such was the case during this past winter when I had the opportunity (and time) to read two good books: “The Alchemist” and “Ancient Knowledge.”

“The Alchemist” has been called a modern classic by some, on the New York Times best-seller list for over 300 weeks.  Written by Paulo Coelho, it follows the adventures of Santiago, a Spanish shepherd boy as he searches for his treasure.  At first, he does not really know what the treasure is, but as the story unfolds, he begins to discover it for himself.

From beginning to end, I was held spell-bound by the intrigue of what would come along on the next page.  Did Santiago find his treasure?  Yes, and maybe a little bit more.  Perhaps you will find some treasure of your own if you read this book for yourself.

“Ancient Knowledge” was, for me, a truly inspirational book.  It was written by the Brit George Curtis, and contains some British euphemisms that take a little getting used to (e.g. He often says, “And it gets worse…,” when what he means is “And it gets even better…!”)  As many of you may know, I am a church-goer, and much of what we believe in church we take on faith.

However, this book reveals some astonishing facts that make the early stories of the Bible, especially the creation stories, and civilization before the great flood in the time of Noah much more believable.  These facts are all based on mathematics that are proven and reproducible.  Does George find and reveal the treasure of “Ancient Knowledge?”  Of course, but depending on your background and beliefs, you may find it disturbing or you may find it affirming.  I am in the latter group.

In our often too busy lives, it pays infinite dividends to find the time to read a book.  Find them at your local bookseller, in a library, or as I like to do, download them to your Kindle, tablet, phone or PC.

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