What’s the Second Best Nonfiction Book?

It’s hard to shock us today, but this statement in Saturday’s Pueblo Chieftain would’ve knocked my socks off if I were to ever wear any.  The first half is expected:  “It is widely acknowledged that the Bible itself remains the best selling and most widely distributed nonfiction work of all time …”

But who would ever guess #2:  “followed by a book of quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong.”

What!   Quotations of Mao?  The Chinese Communist revolutionary and founding father of the People’s Republic of China who was born Dec. 26, 1893 and died Sept. 9, 1976?  I can’t quote anything Mao ever said, can you!

Google found several websites sampling his wit and wisdom.   Most were repeats.   His three best gems:

  • “We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well.  He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well.  If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.”
    — Yeah, ribbit, our view!  Who will show us why we jump and croak about?
  • “War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.”
    — Very inspiring for gun dealers!  Who will bring lasting peace?
  • “In waking a tiger, use a long stick.”
    — Good advice until the nature of the wild animals is changed (Isaiah 11) and you can just give Tony a big hug!

I suppose anybody achieving the #2 position behind the Bible should be congratulated.  But in this case it’s not like Hertz and Avis.  “Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all of the men of the East” (1 Kings 4:30).  Of course, that was before Mao’s time, but how can the wit and wisdom of any man stack up against God’s!   A very far distant second!

Mao observes about the nature of man and animals and uses power and position to take advantage and subdue.  God will change the nature of man and animals and is creating sons and daughters with His nature to live forever in His family and kingdom!   Now that’s revolutionary!

Take a chair, man!   I’ll sit and curl up with the #1 all-time best seller for my reading diet.   Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God (Matthew 4:4).

Hold the Mao!

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