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a good book is one of life’s genuine pleasures
Books have always
been important to me. I blame my Mama for my love of books. When I was a little
boy my mother read fairly tales to me. Before I could read or write I knew all
about Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood.
had never heard of television and the radio seldom worked well because of the
static. But Mama brought drama and excitement into my young mind by reading the
stories of Hansel and Gretel and the Three Little Pigs. Later I continued that
family tradition by reading those same tales to my own children. No child
should have to grow up without getting acquainted with Goldilocks and the Three
Bears and Billy Goat Gruff.
Einstein once said, “If you want your children to be bright, read them
fairytales. If you want them to be brilliant, read them even more fairytales.”
The professor was right. Listening to fairytales will give God’s gift of imagination
did not stop with fairytales. Later she made sure my siblings and I became
acquainted with Aesop’s Fables. I did not know who Aesop was but I knew about
the Lion and the Mouse, the Fox and the Crow and the Boy who cried “Wolf.”
my teen years Tarzan became my constant companion. I read all the Tarzan books
I could check out of the school library.
later when I tried my hand at writing books I realized that my love of reading
had helped prepare me for the task. After retirement I discovered the joy of
reading history. Stephen Ambrose is one of my favorite history authors. No one
should die without reading Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage and Band of Brothers. As a writer of sorts I concur with Ambrose’s
observation that “There are many good rules of writing but the best way to find
them is to be a good reader.”
of books, let me share with you the titles of a few books that I have been
Everything by Sarah Corson. If
you want to read something that will touch your heart deeply, read this. It is
Sarah’s account of her family’s journey into the tropical jungles of Bolivia.
Living in Grace by Kennon L. Callahan. Callahan’s stories have
the ring of truth and they illustrate well the joyful way God wants us to live.
Reliable Truth by Richard
E. Simmons III. This is an excellent book about the reliability of the holy
said, “Read something positive every night and listen to something helpful
every morning.” I agree. Go read a good book and get blessed! + + +