October 2012 Letter–Dear Books

October 2012 Letter–Dear Books,

I hardly could wait to write this letter.

My love for you certainly surpasses my love for most of the objects that are a part of my life. You look good, you feel good, you smell good, you make me feel alive.

You have been such faithful companions throughout my life.  You have been there in the lonely seasons, allowing me to feel cared for. You have been with me when my sanity depended on shutting out the ugliness all around and finding momentary relief.

I have found joy in you, and excitement, and sadness and fear.  

You have shaped my view of life, and this world, and people.  

You have forced me to question my strong opinions. 

You have opened my mind and stretched me to the limit.

You know how to energize me, exhaust me, refresh me, and even put me to sleep.

You have given me insight in things too marvelous for me.

You have caused me to stand up for what is right, true and honorable.

You give beauty to my soul while developing in me a thirst for harmony not yet found.  You know how to feed me daily while leaving me hungry for more. 

Your million words have sung with me, breathed on me and with me; they have danced with me, and cried with me. They have dared me and given me wings.

Your million words have enticed me to craft some of my own. Your million words have  make me happy. Your million words have made me me.

Thank you for all that you are to me,

Barbara

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

#313 Words

#312 The best book of all, God’s Word

#311 My Kindle

#310 Time to read

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29 comments

  1. Amen! I feel the same about my books. But I’m in a season of cleaning out, so I’m going to say good-bye to some of my books that aren’t my favorites. I try to look at it as spreading them around so others can read them, otherwise I’d never want to let any go. 🙂

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  2. “Your million words have sung with me, breathed on me and with me; they have danced with me, and cried with me. They have dared me and given me wings.”
    Love so many of the words you’ve written here…thanks!

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  3. I have read and read and read and read some more since I was about 7 years old… so 60 years of my life. The books… both good and evil … have affected my approach to life and people. I really try to stay in the right pattern now so the books will bless me and I will bless them in one way or another.

    Nice way to share with everyone about your special interest and joy.

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  4. Your words spoke to me this morning. I love books also, but am in a season of weeding out some of the less needed ones. It’s so hard to part with them, but I try to imagine sharing the love I have for books and their stories with others.

    God bless you, and thank you for sharing your beautiful writing with the NOBH community.

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  5. The first trips I ever took were in the pages of good books. I met my first heroes in biographies and learned with Nancy Drew to look for clues to life’s mysteries, but my favorite books are the ones I shared with the students in my jr. high reading classes.

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  6. Me too! Me too!

    Last year for Christmas I even made a Christmas tree out of children’s books on top of a table in our family room. Strung it with battery operated lights and prayed no one bumped the table too hard. 🙂

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  7. Dear Barbara

    I’m not sure if my previous comment went through, but I also have had a lifelong love affair with books, and I appreciate you sharing your letter with us at last week’s Friendship Friday!

    It’s with great pleasure that I am including you among my Featured Friends at this week’s party!

    I hope you’ll join us again this week and that your week will be filled with many blessings!

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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  8. Oh, I just love this post! My husband and I are both readers, although my appetite has needed some maturing, and we actively pursue turning our five children into readers.

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