The New Testament
Read it as one of the oldest historical documents.  Or
as a source of time-honored stories.  Or as a
theological text.   Or as a guide to wise living.   But
read it.  Even more, read it aloud -- especially in the
King James version, whose phrases are as famous as
Shakespeare, whose cadences shaped the language of
Milton and Melville, Blake and Wordsworth.   Put
together by a group of 47 scholars in six teams, it
remains the only great work of literature created by a
committee.  But the whole is so seamless, so well
crafted that one (blushingly) grants that a dose of
divine inspiration must have helped them along.   

The options here are
overwhelming -- ranging
from the scholarly
(Lattimore's translation of
the Gospels and Acts of
the Apostles) to the
sectarian.  But the
influence of the King
James Version, and the
sheer beauty of its
language make it the
default starting point for
any consideration of this