1 Timothy 4:13
Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
As far back as I can remember, I've been an avid reader. One of my earliest memories is snuggling with my mother as she reads aloud to me, asking her to point to a particular word she has just pronounced. In this particular recollection, the word is a seemingly most insignificant "the." Yet as tiny and throw-away as this article of the English language is, that's precisely where the magic begins for me; by the time I enter first grade, I'm reading on a fourth grade level.
My love for reading leads to my passion for writing. Words become my most intimate friends as I compose my novels in The Glade Series and Adventures in The Glade. And those of you who regularly follow this blog know that God's word and my words are still tantamount for me.
All that being said, I'm doing something different today at Meditations of My Heart - introducing you to fellow Christian bloggers, also published writers, whose books have left a lasting impression on me. While I'm not describing detailed content, the authors' names are linked to Amazon so you can discover there if a particular book is a match for your reading tastes.
The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee - Talya Tate Boener
The Tourist Killer - F. C. Etier
Dancing Priest, and its sequel, A Light Shining - Glynn Young
Spiritual Misfit; 50 Women All Christians Should Know - Michelle DeRusha
Battered Hope - Carol Graham
Twelve Inches - Bridging the Gap Between What You Know About God and How You Feel - Patricia Holbrook
Love Idol - Jennifer Dukes Lee
Poetry at Work - Glynn Young
And no, these are not books I've read over the last year or so. These are simply the ones that stood out over a four-year span. When I was so caught up in writing my novels, it was an absolute luxury to sit back and enjoy someone else's writing for inspiration, solace, and sheer joy.
The joy recalled when Mom read me stories long ago.
Do you have some favorite books to share? Please do!
Prayer: Father, we give thanks today for the incredible gift of Your Word, the Bible, a never-ending source of hope, inspiration and joy. May those to whom the gift of words is given be ever faithful to You and thankful for the gift of writing. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.