One of my great enjoyments of life are books. The old-fashioned kind that you carry in your purse, car, & backpack. While I have favorite authors, I am always open to new authors, too. Today is the perfect book day. Rain outside, quiet inside. Like a squirrel, I spend my summer preparing for winter. I go to estate sales, garage sales, & book sales, hoping to add new reads to my “winter” pile.
My husband surprised me with a Kindle Fire for Christmas. Electronic books? I have about 30 books downloaded to read in it. But late at night when I cannot sleep, I still grab a book instead of the Kindle. Maybe I find comfort in the rustling pages? I don’t know. Maybe I just don’t want “books” to become extinct…
One of my daughter-in-law’s said to me a while back that I seem to find all the answers in books. I didn’t realize until I pondered on that for a bit, that’s exactly what I do. If someone has something going on in their life, positive or negative, joyous or tragic, I have a book for them. Sorry, dear family & friends, if that’s irritating. It’s just me, but it comes from my heart. ♥
A new baby in the house? “ Love You Forever”~ Robert Munsch
Child’s birthday? “The Very Hungry Catepillar” ~ Eric Carle, ” Where’s My Teddy?”~ Jez Alborough
Getting married? “The Gift of the Blessing” ~ Gary Smalley
Graduation? “Oh the Places You’ll Go” ~ Dr. Suess ; “The Dream Giver” ~ Bruce Wilkinson
Can’t Say No? “Boundaries” ~ Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Where am I going with my life? “Eat, Pray, Love” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert; “Women, Food and God, An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything” ~ Geneen Roth
Encouragement to start writing? “The Wednesday Sisters” (a novel) ~ Meg Waite Clayton
Need to spring into action and start doing something with your life? “The Art of Non-Conformity” ~ Chris Guillebeau
Forgiveness? “The Shack” ~WM. Paul Young (you must read it TWICE to get it)
Need to Laugh Out Loud? “Junie B Jones” childrens’ books by Barbara Park (ANY of them will make you smile)
Selling yourself, ideas, products? “The One Minute Sales Person” ~ Spencer Johnson (love all of his books!)
Marriage Trials? “Change Your Heart, Change Your Life”~ Gary Smalley
Need to NOT hang with negative folks/family? “The Grace Awakening” Charles Swindol
Want to take charge of your life? “Reposition Yourself”~ T.D. Jakes
Do you need new perspective? “The Noticer” ~ Andy Andrews (LOVE, LOVE all his books!)
Just want a good novel? John Grisham (“Testament” ~ all time fav) and then Oklahoma novelist, Billie Letts (“Shoot the Moon”!) ~
I could go on with lists forever. I do love books. They become my friend while I am reading them and I am bummed like football season has ended when I finish a good read.
For good daily encouragement, there’s an old book written in many languages and variations, that can give you wonderful insights and guidance. Yes, I’m talking about “The Bible”. I prefer the New King James, myself. But there’s lots of good stuff to be discovered in those pages and it never grows old.
If you ever need a book suggestion, let me know! Now, I would love to have YOUR book suggestions! Please reply with your favorites! I want to add them to my pile!