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Benedict XVI told pilgrims this week that some books in the Bible could be read in an hour (CNS photo)

I’m not sure I can sit on the beach, surrounded by grandchildren, and read the Book of Job

David and his wife Samantha at a cafe in Tuscany (Lorenzo Galassi/PA Wire)

Three books in particular spring to mind

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The Pope’s advice is to dip into the Book of Tobit, the Book of Esther or the Song of Songs. What would Herald readers suggest?

During his general audience Benedict XVI recommends reading a book from the Bible in the summer

An open Bible is seen inside Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston (CNS photo from Reuters)

Benedict XVI makes comment in message to Pontifical Biblical Commission

Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, presenter of The Bible's Buried Secrets (Photo: BBC)

In its closing moments the episode last night gave up fact for opinion

A worker seals boxes of documents after a Mass in 2007 marking the conclusion of the initial phase of the Cause of Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of St John Lateran (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

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