Brenda The Bookworm’s Ark

Once upon a time there was a very precocious bookworm. Her name was Brenda. She lived in a library because it was full of interesting books to read – books about everything.

But Brenda was different from all the other bookworms. She was not just interested in gathering all kinds of knowledge. Her true passion was to discover the most important information in the world.

She just didn’t want to be smart, filling her head with endless data and factoids. She wanted to be wise.

When Brenda was very young, her mom used to read a book of very special stories to her before going to bed. Her mom called it God’s Great Book. It was the Holy Bible.

As Brenda grew up, she kept these stories safe in her heart. However, she did not continue to read these stories on her own.

She also had lots of other things deep inside her heart that were important to her. These were her invisible friends.

When you are surrounded by as many books as she was, it was easy to create a rich imagination. You see Brenda had an animal friend for every kind of thought and feeling that lived inside her heart and mind.

When she felt kindness in her heart she always imagined lambs. Courage would bring lions into her thoughts. And when she was feeling very smart, her thoughts would turn into birds that soar high above everything else. But since she had not yet found the most important information in the world, all these wonderful animal friends were turning her imagination into a wild zoo. All her animal friends were fighting for her attention at the same time. She knew that she needed to organize her thoughts and feelings.

Brenda felt that if she could find wisdom, her animal friends could live in a better home and more easily find peace and order among themselves.

One day, after she had spent many exhaustive hours seeking out new information from all kinds of books and surfing the Internet, she heard a loud crash on the library roof. Alarmed by the loud noise, she went outside to see what was going on.

To Brenda’s surprise a television suddenly fell out of the sky and landed near her. Then came a radio. Next, a cellular phone fell. Soon books, magazines, newspapers, computers, and even more televisions, radios, and phones began to fall all around her.

Brenda found herself caught in a torrential rain of information resources. This scared all her animal friends as well. She knew that if she did not escape, she and her animal friends would drown in this deluge of data.

Back inside the Library she looked for the safest place where she and all her animal friends could go. She spotted God’s Great Book and headed towards it.

The world was being inundated by information and causing total sensory saturation everywhere. The whole world was being flooded by facts and even the library was quickly becoming overwhelmed.

Quickly, Brenda opened God’s Book and hopped inside for protection, taking all her invisible friends with her. Amazingly, God’s book gave her and her animal friends buoyancy to ride out wave after wave of information.

The world was completely covered in a mess of messages and uncategorized information. So the little bookworm’s problems were not over yet. She was still adrift and did not know how to navigate through this flood of facts and knowledge.

All this cognitive confusion rocked Brenda’s world along with her animal friends. She began to be bounced around by larger and larger waves of conflicting information and discrepant, disconnected data. She not only held on tight to God’s Big Book, but for additional stability, she began reading its stories intensely. Now she was holding on to every word with her dear life.

Brenda suddenly realized that she had found the most important information in the world. God was watching all this and decided it was time to perform a great miracle. As Brenda continued to read the Bible, the great flooding of facts that was threatening to suffocate her began to subside.

God was now creating a new place for Brenda and her animal friends to live. God began to transform all the televisions, radios, computers, cell phones, journals, newspapers and magazines that had covered the earth to a great depth into a mountain of ideas, according to their importance. God’s Great Book then took Brenda and her friends to the top of this wonderful mountain.

Brenda now realized that it was God, who from her earliest childhood, was acting in her heart to help her discover the most valuable information. The big lesson to be learned is that when you discover what the most important information in the world is, all the other knowledge and ideas in the world can then be arranged, higher and higher, into more logical order and majesty. This mountain was the perfect place for all the things of Brenda’s heart and mind to find safety, peace, and joy.

This was the place for Brenda and all her animal friends to start a new world. This world would develop into a Land of Wisdom.


About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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One Response to Brenda The Bookworm’s Ark

  1. Jeanne v. McQueen says:

    That was a wonderful piece!

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