One of the books I am currently reading is The Book That Changed My Life. It's full of essays by authors about, you guessed it, the book that changed their life. It's very interesting reading for a bibliophile. The kind of book that leads you to another book, or two, or ten. It got me thinking. What book changed my life? Hmmm....
Ummm.... Uh. I dunno. I really don't. I can't point to a single book that changed my life. I've been a voracious reader since before I could read myself. My first complete sentence was, "Momma, weed it to me. Pees?" What? Not a single book that changed my life?
And, yet, it is true to say that every book I read and loved changed my life; at least a little. That's why we read, isn't it? To have our perceptions challenged, our complacencies shaken, our views widened? When we read a great book we get to slip into another skin, try on a new life, a new personality, a new way of thinking. How can that leave you unchanged?
Just Some of the Books That Changed My Life
- The Lonely Doll is why I fell in love with black and white photography.
- All-of-a-Kind Family was my first passionate love affair with a book. I checked this one out so often the librarian finally wouldn't let me any more. She said I had to give the other children a chance. I still don't like that woman.
- Thirty One Brothers and Sisters by Reba Paef Mirsky was the first time I realized that everyone is kin; that we are all more alike than different.
- I read the Chatain's Guardian for the first time when I was about 13. It showed me exactly what I wanted in a husband. And I waited until I found a Roman of my own. It seemed like I waited forever even though I was only 19 when I found him.
- The Hiding Place is a book I read over and over again. I've read it about once a year since my first reading at 16. And you know, each time I read it, I fall in love again. Each time I read it, I learn something new.
- J.B by Archibald MacLeish was the first book I ever read that seemed profound to me. That helped me understand the world with a more adult point of view. It is also the first book I took so immediately into my heart that I memorized lines of it on first reading.
Blow on the coal of the heart. The candles in churches are out. The lights have gone out in the sky. Blow on the coal of the heart And we'll see by and by . . .
- I first fell in love with fantasy when I read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. That's when I realized how much I had been missing. That's when I vowed never to skip a book again simply because I think I don't like a particular genre.
- My Antonia is the book that made me realize the deep value in being a story teller.
- The Bible changes me more with each reading. Every time I open it, I marvel that the ink is dry, it is so real and relevant.
And you? What books changed your life?
The wonderful image above was spotted here. I wish I could tell you about the artist.