No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 19th century English poet)

Today we might add Kindles, iPads, or other devices that we use to read. Surely, the reading of good books is a worthy practice; it enlightens, encourages, and often inspires us. But there’s more in life than just reading that can give purpose and value—and that is a personal relationship with a God who wants such a bond with us.

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend [God] who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

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