The mystery novels of Agatha Christie have been enormously popular. Only the
Bible and the works of Shakespeare have sold more copies. At the time of her
death she had sold more than two billion copies of her books all over the

Her play Mousetrap opened in London in 1952 and has been running ever since,
the longest continual theater production ever. But the oddest part of her fame
is this. The front cover of her book Evil Under the Sun turned up in New Guinea
where it was revered as an object of worship!

We are sometimes accused of worshiping another book — the Bible. But we do
not. We treat it with respect because of the message it contains, but we do not
worship the paper or the binding or the covers. We worship the One Who is
revealed to us on those pages, not the pages themselves.

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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