It is the season of thanksgiving and blessings, which has prompted me to reflect on the books I have read through the years for which I am thankful. Many books that I read impact me in numerous ways; through the dynamic characters, gripping plot lines, or the intriguing world the author creates. However, there are a few books that after I opened the cover, the world as I knew it had changed.
At a young age, the Word of God became my comfort and source for all peace, wisdom, and guidance. It is my foundation, upon which all of my morals and actions are established. Regardless of how many versions I have received in the past, I am always eager to stroke the leather cover of a new Bible. It remains the most vital book I have ever owned and the one for which I am most grateful to have in my possession.
Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry is another book that has made a lasting impact on my life. I read this series when I was a child and it did me the greatest favor; it helped me fall in love with reading. It was the first time that I refused to put a book down, I felt the need to discover what adventures waited in the following pages. Also, this story introduced me to the concept of the bitter sweet moment that occurs after finishing the last page of a book and realizing the story has ended.
Another book that I am thankful for is This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. It allowed me to look at spiritual warfare in a way that impacted the way I prayed and viewed my daily life. The author presented a spiritual realm in a light that I had never considered, evolving my view. My approach to spiritual warfare is now more specific, targeting and naming the exact areas where I am most weak.
I would love it if you would comment and tell me some of the books that you are thankful for or that have made an impact on you. I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving. Gobble, gobble.