#399: Books that’ve impacted my life

A friend on Facebook nominated me to list 10 books that’ve had an impact on my life. Now most people know I read a lot so I knew I had no excuse not to do it, but it was harder than I expected to come up with 10. The first 5 were easy no brainers for me but the rest were a bit harder. But it got me thinking about the books I’ve read over the years and made me appreciate them so much. Below I’ve listed the books (in no particular order) and a brief explanation of how they’ve impacted my life.

The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis completely changed my perspective on spiritual warfare, which I’d never completely understood before I read this book.

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller gave me a completely new perspective on the parable of The Prodigal Son and the nature of God.

Disability and the Gospel by Micheal S Bates changed my perspective on people with disabilities (even my own) and my interactions with them.

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis (Where do I even begin?) fell in love with reading and fantasy books because of this series, deepened my faith, served as partial inspiration for the novel I’m currently writing.

Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury similar to Disability and the Gospel, inspirational story and gave me a new perspective on autism.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers changed my perspective on how much God loves his children, even when they sin.

The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury changed my perspective on various members of Jesus’ family, especially John the Baptist and Jesus’ brother James.

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young an awesome devotional that’s brought me closer to Jesus.

Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis shown me how one person can have a huge impact on the world, and encouraged me to do the same.

Safely Home by Randy Alcorn opened my eyes to the persecuted church around the world, and made me want to pray for them all the more.

#399: Thank you Lord for these books and others that’ve had an impact on my life. Thanks for leading me to them, and the way they’ve changed my life.

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#396: Ordering books from the library

I’ve written several posts about how much I love and use the library, but I appreciate it so much that I don’t think I can say enough about it. While I enjoy going to the library and searching the shelves for books I want to check out it can be frustrating when I can’t find something I want. That’s why I’m so glad I can order books from other branches in our library system. I do it all the time and wait for it to come in so I can dig in and read it. If there’s a book coming out that I want to read I’ll pre-order that so I can get it when it comes out.

#396: Thank you Lord that I can order the books I want from the library so I don’t have to spend money on them or go to another branch to pick them up.

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Day 241: The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

I recently finished listening to a book on tape of The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. If you’ve never read it you should it’s a powerful true story of a family who hid Jews in Holland during World War 2, who were arrested and spent time in a Concentration Camp. I was first introduced to the story as a kid in a comic book version of the story, and I can’t tell you how many times I read it over the years! Since then I’ve read the actual book, listened to a radio drama version of it, and seen the live action movie version. Every time I hear the story I’m impacted by it.

While the main theme of the book is about forgiveness, the part that’s had the most impact on me is completely different. When Corrie and Betsie arrive in Ravensbrook, a Concentration Camp, they start listing all the things they can be thankful for in this deplorable place. Betsie is thankful for the fleas, but Corrie says she can’t be thankful for them, but they later find out the fleas are actually a blessing. My favorite quote of the whole book is when Betsie quotes 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “‘Give thanks in all circumstances,… It doesn’t say ‘in pleasant circumstances.’ Fleas are part of this place where God has put us.” Whenever I’m in an unpleasant circumstance or are having a bad day I try to think of this quote and verse, and thank God for something within that circumstance. It’s rarely easy, but it’s worth it and makes me feel better.

(While I’m writing about The Hiding Place I should mention I have family in Harlem, Holland where the story takes place, and I’ve actually visited the city though not to the house where it takes place)

Day 241: Thank you Lord for the The Hiding Place and the impact it’s had on so many people including myself.

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Day 239: Book Trailers

I read a lot, and I love discovering new books. Fairly recently I discovered book trailers, short videos advertising a book, they’re like little movies and really make the book come alive. I love watching them. They get me interested and excited about a book, or if it’s one I’ve already read, helps me remember what happened and help me visualize the story.

Here’s one of my favorite book trailers for one my favorite books Unlocked by Karen Kingsbury:

Day 239: Thank you Lord for Book Trailers, and how they’ve helped me discover so many books, and have a greater appreciation for books I’ve already read.

What are you thankful for today? Leave a Comment and let me know, I’d love to read it!

Day 196: Christian Bookstores

I like going to Christian bookstores to buy books. While you can buy Christian books in pretty much any bookstore nowadays they usually have a fairly limited selection. Of course you can always buy them online or get an eBook but I like to support actual stores as much as I can, especially if they’re owned by Christians. Our Christian Bookstore is on the other side of town, but whenever I go over there I like to go in and pick up a book or two. They always have so many good books to choose from its hard to decide what to get, and I almost always come out with more than I planned to buy but I don’t mind because I’m supporting God’s work.

Day 196: Thank you Lord for Christian bookstores where I can buy books that glorify you!

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Day 176: People who respect Library Books

I don’t know about you but when I’m reading to something from the library I’m much more careful with it than something I own. If it’s something from the Library I know a lot of other people have and will handle it so I want to keep it as nice as possible. I don’t own it I’m just borrowing it and I want to be a good steward of it. Of course accidents will happen, (like the other day I was in the break room at work when someone dropped a bottle of red Gatorade all over the floor and a few drops landed on my Library book) but I try as hard as I can to keep it nice. I usually don’t eat while I’m reading a Library book, but I will if it’s something I own.

It really bothers me when I get a book from the Library and there are food stains all over the pages. Recently I got a book that was so new I was probably the second person to read it, and there were stains throughout its pages. I can kind of understand if it’s an older book, but come on, it’s a brand new book! Why would you treat it that way? When I get a book that’s been out for a while and is still in pretty good condition, I’m SO happy that to see that everyone who’s read it before treated it with such care.

Day 176: Thank you Lord for people who respect library books, it makes them so much more enjoyable to others and sets a good example to the next person who checks it out.

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Day 170: Reading Rainbow

The other day I watched a video of an interview with actor LaVar Burton talking about his time on Reading Rainbow and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I can’t tell you how many memories it brought back for me, because these are two shows that truly shaped my early childhood. Star Trek gave me my love of Science Fiction and Reading Rainbow gave me my love of reading and books. I can honestly say I’m really not sure if I watched Star Trek because the guy from Reading Rainbow was on it, or I watched Reading Rainbow because Geordi was on it. (It was probably a bit of both)

Since I wrote a post a couple of days ago about Star Trek I’m not going to say anymore about that, but I do want to talk about Reading Rainbow. Reading Rainbow brought books to life for me! I loved watching the stories being narrated and the pictures in the books seeming to come to life. Whenever I went to the library I would try to find the books on the show so I could read them for myself, and I found most of my favorite picture books as a kid because of it. I know I would not be as much of a reader as I am today if I had not gotten hooked on books at such an early age, and I feel pretty sure I wouldn’t have gotten hooked on books if it weren’t for Reading Rainbow.

I appreciated how the rest of each show centered around whatever the main book was about. It made the book so much more interesting, and I always learned so much!

Day 170: Thank you Lord for Reading Rainbow, for cultivating my love of reading and books.

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