Have you read “Robinson Crusoe”?
(No, not an abridged version or a Disneyfied version.
They don’t count.
They take out the heart of the story and just leave the flesh.
Something to entertain you, but nothing to inspire you.)
We have just finished reading “Robinson Crusoe”
and have absolutely loved it.
It is such an amazing book.
Yes, it’s a typical classic with long descriptions
about things you could have lived without knowing.
You get used to that as you read more and more of the classics.
But this book isn’t about what I thought it was about.
I thought it was about a man who was shipwrecked on an island,
…and it was,
but, at the same time, it wasn’t.
Well, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you
if you plan to dash out and find a copy,
but suffice it to say that I can see why schools,
especially secular schools,
ditched many of the classics.
This book is mostly about God’s relationship with man.
It’s a story of redemption and deliverance.
Just listen to this,
one of my favourite passages from the book,
“Now I began to construe the words mentioned above, “Call on Me, and I will deliver thee,” in a different sense from what I had ever done before; for then I had no notion of anything being called deliverance, but my being delivered from the captivity I was in; for though I was indeed at large in the place, yet the island was certainly a prison to me, and that in the worse sense in the world. But now I learned to take it in another sense: Now I looked back upon my past life with such horror, and my sins appeared so dreadful, that my soul sought nothing of God but deliverance from the load of guilt that bore down all my comfort. As for my solitary life, it was nothing. I did not so much as pray to be delivered from it or think of it; it was all of no consideration in comparison to this. And I add this part here, to hint to whoever shall read it, that whenever they come to a true sense of things, they will find deliverance from sin a much greater blessing than deliverance from affliction.” (p87)
This is just one of many such passages in Robinson Crusoe.
I was so pleasantly delighted with this book.
Of course, if you want the story about the survival of a shipwrecked man,
you’ll definitely find that too.
Robinson spends his days building abodes
and furnishing them rather comfortably.
He has plenty of adventures on his island.
And yes, you’ll get to meet his man Friday.
But in reading “Robinson Crusoe”
you’ll also meet God
and see His Hand in your own deliverance story.
And this is why we’ll always remember the reading of “Robinson Crusoe” fondly.
Now, what I want to know is
how many more of the classics books
are harbouring such treasures.