I'm not sure how I read it. For now the best I can say is I read it as I'd read any other book as far as letting it say what it says, but I know that the written word of all kinds uses rules of the language, symbolism, stories, personification etc, etc and take all those and others into consideration when reading. And I read the whole book like that. I don't read one book as if it is all symbolic and should be read that way and all the others as literal. One has to be consistent.
If secular material said, His face glowed like a fire I 'd know that his face was not actually on fire etc.
So I don't take it literal as such as in if it says God has wings like a bird that He really does have physical wings. (yes, compare scripture to scripture to see what God is like) So that is where you have to decide what is literally so. I also know that God is spiritual and the Word has spiritual implications but that doesn't mean the whole Bible is taken spiritually as if the literal means nothing. That would be like if it said "they went to the top of the mountain" you'd have to say, well did they really go to the top of the mountain? Was it really a mountain? What does the top symbolize? See, it would get real confusing trying to spiritualize something that is meant to be literal and vice verse. You know what, some of us are so familiar with certain terms we just assume we know what they mean and yet maybe we don't. Like literal. Does that come from the word literature? And doesn't Literature use tools of the language? Guess I have to get out a dictionary as I might just be one of those people.