When I was a kid, my mother bought me a children’s Bible from a random Jehovah’s Witness woman who came knocking on our door regularly. After hounding her about it for weeks, my mother finally agreed to buy it. She was not aware that this would become one of my favorite books.

There were so many stories in the book, yet some of them were far more interesting than others. One of the stories that always stayed with me was the story of David and Goliath. The thought of a small boy killing a towering giant with a stone was enough to give me hope that anything was possible.

I remember tearing up the first time I read about King Solomon. Even though he never cut the baby in half, just the thought of that horror was enough to give me some of the worst nightmares. The picture depicted in the book was more than enough to send tingles down my spine.

Honestly, there were some stories that stuck out to me for other reasons. One of them was the story of Lot’s wife looking back and turning into a pillar of salt. This was probably one of the strangest concepts I had ever heard of. Today I look back on it and assume that this may not have been literal, but the idea was so perplexing at the time.

Another story I found odd was the one with Jonah and the whale. I guess the thought of a man hanging out in a mammal’s stomach was far too weird for me to understand. Again, I am not sure that this is something that was meant to be interpreted literally.

There was nothing like reading the Bible with my little brother and feeling like we had opened a treasure trove. I look forward to having children and buying them the same book, despite the fact that I am not a Jehovah’s Witness at all.