|George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University. Picture courtesy of Wikimedia|
I learned that books are friends. Books can be an escape and a refuge in the tumultuous pre-teen and teen years. Good books, like good friends, can and should be revisited to renew one's acquaintance ~ even though many of you disagree with me on that point! When I was in college, one of the reasons I looked forward to breaks was because I could read whatever I wanted instead of whatever the professor wanted.
I am a very eclectic reader. I still read what is referred to as "Children's books" and I read some of the Russian writers. I read silly stuff like the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde (if you like English lit and appreciate sarcasm you might get a kick out of those). I read Amish fiction but I'm choosy about which authors in that genre (Beverly Lewis and Julie Woodsmall are about the only ones I like). I like good mysteries; Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey being one of my all-time favorite sleuths. I like older stuff like Jane Eyre (she gets an annual visit). I like newer stuff like Chris Fabry, Elizabeth Musser and Lisa Wingate.
And I have gone back to Tolkein and read him almost every year.
A couple of years ago I discovered a three-book series written by Stephen Arterburn and Nancy Rue. They are known collectively as The Sullivan Crisp novels. These have become some of my favorite books. I was not as crazy about the first one but the second one in the series, Healing Waters, is one of my all-time favorite books now. I suppose one of the reasons I like it so much is because it speaks against the prosperity of body and wallet ministry that is so prevalent in our culture. It is not a "heavy" book; it is a good story that has a solid theology. If you are looking for a good read to go with your coffee on these cooler fall days, I would highly recommend it. You might even find it in your library. Be warned: you may have trouble putting it down and getting back to housework once you start it!
Here is the link to the book and the author's website.