Friday, January 27, 2012

Gratitude

What is it about a good book that draws you and warms or even chills you but compels you to keep turning the pages, making you downright sad when the last page is read?

Since I was a young girl I have loved to read and have been known to take a flashlight to bed with me back then.  Books still hold an attraction, whether it is my Kindle or a bona fide hard copy of the book of the moment.

I am coming to the end of "God's Secretaries", which is a brief encounter with the men who translated the Bible in the time of King James of England.  Adam Nicolson, a fine researcher and storyteller, keeps you returning every chance you get to read about this motley crew that gave us a most brilliant sample of the English language.

At the beginning of the year I said I would read one book at a time and the first month is not behind us and I have also started "The Hobbitt".  Have to get ready for the movie coming out at the end of the year.

And then I purchased the hard copy of "The Princess and The Goblin" by George MacDonald. MacDonald was an inspiration to CS Lewis.


Which all leads me to the point of thankfulness this week.  I love books, words, the English language well used, and the ability to read.  When my eyes were not well during the past couple years, I read less and less so am happy to get my new eyes and most grateful for the wonderful books that have come my way already this month.

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love."  - Rumi

"A book is made from a tree.  It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called 'leaves') imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles.  One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years.  Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you.  Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people. citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another.  Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic."  - Carl Sagan

Tell me, what are you reading right now?  And do you recommend it?

Go curl up with a good read and be well.

Pre-breakfast sky today on Mayne Island






2 comments:

  1. When will you read "Unbroken" it is sad but good! I am reading "Room" right now. It is a story about a little boy born to a young gal locked up in a tool shed and abused by her father. Rather depressing but amazing how the world looks to a little boy of five. It is based on a true story that came out of Austria about four years ago.

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  2. Yes, Bobbi, Unbroken is next on the list. I just looked at it again this morning and if I didn't feel like I should make breakfast I would have crawled back into bed with it. It does look like an amazing book. Looks like the kind of book that won't allow me to whine about anything in my life anymore!!

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