Just thinking of their titles brings back a wealth of memories and emotions for me.
I remember seeing Beatrix Potter’s books for the first time, sitting in the windowseat and letting my eyes just soak up the pictures. I half-listened to the stories at first, but I loved the beautiful illustrations.
There have been so many books I’ve loved. When we moved most recently, I would smile as I saw them emerging from boxes. My much-worn Little House on the Prairie set, What Katy Did, all of my L.M. Montgomery books, my Winnie the Pooh books, the Chronicles of Narnia series, and my Janette Oke books.
As I got older, these were joined by Bodie and Brock Thoene’s Zion books, Shakespeare, great poetry, and novels by Dickens and Austen. And some nonfiction works that also seared my heart and made me think – Knowing God by J.I. Packer, books by Elisabeth Elliot and R.C. Sporul.
I have so many memories and imaginary friends floating in my mind thanks to these books that I have treasured. And there is one that holds constant for me.
For, within my collection, there are Bible storybooks, children’s Bibles, the study Bible I got at 13, and the one my husband gave me.
So many wonderful books, and from one, a guide to so much life in abundance.
I wrote this piece in 5 minutes. It’s a writing exercise that takes my mind into all kinds of interesting corners, and (I hope) strengthens my writing. Best of all, it lets me see beauty in my own unpolished thoughts and those of others. You can find more on 5 minute Friday here.