{Poll} Which book would you bring to a deserted island?

Imagine this: You have been castaway to a deserted island–indefinitely. You have ten minutes to pack and (oh no!) room in your suitcase for ONLY one of these books: The Bible, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, The Harry Potter Collection and a compendium with every back issue of US Weekly. Which would you pack?

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Which would you bring to a deserted island?

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15 Responses to “{Poll} Which book would you bring to a deserted island?”

  1. fabulous mimi says:

    Would go for the fantasy of Harry Potter as an escape–nothing too heavy for me–we’re lost on a desserted island, right?

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  2. Beverly Young says:

    I picked U.S. Weekly because reading them cover to cover would keep me occupied for a long time

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  3. CJ says:

    Shakespeare. It has everything. Including references to The Bible. I know what’s in The Bible. I have read it cover to cover. The gist remains the same. I don’t need to read it to live it. On a deserted island, this book will be pure entertainment. Harry Potter, too limiting. Maybe the complete works of Eric Jerome Dickey?

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  4. Tricia N. says:

    I have studied and read through the Bible a few times and, although I find it inspiring, it really is not very entertaining. I will always have “the Bible” inside of me. I love the Harry Potter books and the style of writing–so illustrative and entertaining. But, if I’m going to be stranded for an indefinite period, I would choose the Shakespeare book–his works were so varied, from deep drama to light comedy, from romance to revenge! And quite often he offers a lot of insight and inspiration–think of how very many quotes from him are used by us even now! I would have my “Bible” inside me for inspiration and hope, but I would have Shakespeare for entertainment and escapism.

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  5. doreen hicks says:

    Although the Bible would be my first choice, I know I always have God within me. The bible is one of the greatest books in the world. But there may be times when you need to step away and immerse yourself in a magical world where you can spend time. Visiting another world just may be the answer. You can return whenever you want. You may need that on an island all alone with nothing but your thoughts.

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  6. sherie says:

    i believe i would choose the bible to have with me! it has a lot of stories in it, not just one. it is entertaining, comforting, wise and brings peace within.
    i have wanted to read all of it, but for some reason have not succeded. being in this situation i would find it easy to read the bible…for many reasons!

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  7. Laurie says:

    I would take the bible because if I am to be stranded indefinitely, I would need something that would be inspirational and comforting, encouraging and motivational. Hopefully, the bible can be all of those and more.

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  8. Margarida says:

    If stranded on a desert island, I would choose to take the Complete Works of Shakespeare. They contain every emotion, and theme like morality, romance, adventure and history.

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  9. Sharon says:

    God is our creator and His book has the answers to all our questions. Let us draw near to Him.

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  10. Cathy B says:

    Why The Bard? Because it has the Bible in it AND Harry Potter is very Shakespearean, so The Bard is it for me because it encompasses all the others, but randier, more profound, much more interesting and contemplative. Genius over tradition and Genius over minor genius!

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  11. Lynn Felder says:

    Absolutely everything you need to know about how to live a decent and creative life is in the works of Shakespeare. It’s clearer than The Bible and more complex, emotionally and intellectually, than Harry Potter. There’s advice on love, war, money, in-laws and everything in between, including the best advice ever, about anything: “This, above all, to thine own self be true; and then it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” And you can read it all out loud, entertaining you and your friend on the desert island.

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  12. beth w. says:

    it would be the Bible. it has so memories for me, that alone would be great company for me! besides reading it, i could relive the times i lived while reading certain parts of it…the stories i learned as a child, the life lessons taught as a teenager preparing to join the world, the Bible studies with young mothers struggling with children and overworked husbands on a daily basis…forever friends, we became. the verses that provided comfort and solace when my father battled cancer, the verses shared with friends with various mountains they were climbing. the verses of praise and and thanksgivng read with joy and thanksgivng at holidays and weddings and births of babies…what precious memories. what words of faith, comfort and promise that only God can provide, how only He can sustain us.

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  13. Sherri Staples says:

    I choose the Bible. All the other books are finite stories, beginning to end. But the Bible is full of endless possibilities for study, reflection, comfort, hope. It is more than a book it is a guide to life, as well as God’s instruction book. To those who say they have tried to read it cover to cover, but they just can’t for various reasons, I always say, don’t do it alone. Join a serious study group and study together. You’ll get accountability and motivation and you will be amazed at different insights and interpretations. I know I’d be alone on the island, but it would be a very calm place to read and contemplate the Creator.

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  14. Barbara Foster says:

    The back issues of US Weekly? Who would want to read about the past events of the US, it is the future that would be important to me, and survival to make it into the future. I would take the bible. I would thus get to know God better, which everyone should do. Plus, If I am deserted on an island, where survival is the main issue, I don’t think Shakespeare or Harry Potter would help me in a life threatening situation.

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  15. Barbara-b says:

    I had a friend tell me once that Shakespeare was not ever meant to be read…it is performance literature. The Bible would not be my choice either…I have tried many times to read it cover to cover. Harry Potter would at least let me remember that I was once young. But if I could choose only one book, it would be very, very thick and full of the best words ever put together. Let me think about that for a while…hopefully I won’t be stranded without warning.

    Barbara-b
    http://www.retireinstyleblog.com

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