The rules are: Pass it on to five other bloggers, and tell them to open the nearest book to page 56. Write out the fifth sentence on that page, and also the next two to five sentences. The CLOSEST BOOK, NOT YOUR FAVORITE, OR MOST INTELLECTUAL!
"After Moses came down from Mount Sinai, calling on God became an earmark of his people's successes. The patriarch spotlighted this most dramatically in his farewell address: "What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to Him?" (Deut. 4:7). The other nations may have had better chariots, better weaponry, but that wouldn't matter in the end. They didn't have what Israel had: a God who would respond when they called Him. And note that there was no promised help from God if Israel ceased calling out to Him. Only defeat and humiliation would follow."
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire - Jim Cymbala
Seriously, this was the third closest "book" but the closest with 56 pages. The first was a training manual from a National Security Personnel System, and the next was the music for the Christmas Cantata we're rehearsing - On This Very Night (Karla Worley, arranged by Lari Goss).
I contacted my 5 by email, but don't expect much from them (you know who you are).