So many books. So many stories that painted my world with color and taught me about the sacredness of life. The beauty found in brokenness. That light cannot be appreciated without shadows.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile and finally had the opportunity to start reading it.
From my boyhood days of reading the Encyclopedia Brown series and The Chronicles of Narnia, books have always been a part of my life. They hold the power to stop time as I enter a whole new world.
My mother switched the lights off. I knew she expected me to close my eyes and drift off to sleep. Instead, I pulled the quilt over my head so the glow of my reading light wouldn’t filter out the door.
Choosing five books that changed my life ranks up there with the challenge of choosing one book as my all-time favorite. I love books, so much so I don’t believe in getting rid of books—ever. I tried once.
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Ernt Allbright returned from the Vietnam War and he had not been the same since.
Educated by Tara Westover
One of my favorite genres is memoir. I had heard about Educated last year when it was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2018 by the New York Times.
The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel
In a culture full of distractions and want, even the Church has looked at the Sabbath as a day to get things done. Go to church. Pick up groceries. Do laundry.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
This book was at the top of every list this year. As the recipient of the this year’s Man Booker Award, I decided to give it a shot.