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Day 22: My Favorite Book

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

If I take this Book of Books out of the equation as the obvious answer, I could no more choose a favorite book than I could choose a favorite among my children. It’s not possible for me. One day, Anne of Green Gables is my favorite, the next, it’s The Lord of the Rings.

Above and behind it all, though, is my First Love. The Word of God. Nothing has the transformative power the Bible does.

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” ~Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

It holds the power of rebirth.

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” ~1 Peter 1:23 (NIV)

It’s applicable now, in my daily walk.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” ~2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NIV)

It brings comfort.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ~Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

It holds precious promises I can look to when I need encouragement to keep going.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6,7 (NIV)

It helps me find my way.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” ~Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

It tells me that I matter. That on this dirt speck of a planet in the midst of a nearly infinite cosmos, God’s eye is on me. His heart loves me, and He made me for Something.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

It tells me of God’s deep love.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” ~John 3:16,17 (NIV)

Most importantly, it leads to salvation.

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” ~Romans 10:9-11 (NIV-emphasis mine)

And there is so much more. There is always something new to glean. Some new conviction, encouragement, knowledge, comfort, or blessing to be found. It gets deeper and richer every time I open it, and I don’t open it enough!

How could it not be my favorite?

Do you have a favorite book? How about a favorite passage of Scripture in the Bible? Have you read the Bible at all? Why or why not? Any questions about where to start? Feel free to ask!

May God speak to your heart today.


Topic 16: What is your favorite magazine, book and poem?

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I’ve put this topic off for a bit, because I have no idea how to answer the first part. I could use the Christian default, and say “the Bible,” but that would be cheating. Even though it really is my favorite book, seeing as how it’s the only book that actually seems to know me, I kind of feel like it would be the easy way out to list it.

Favorite book? Just one?

I don’t have just one favorite book. I have favorites in a few genres. Well, this is my blog, after all, and since I don’t have a favorite magazine (I rarely read one), you’ll get a list of favorites.

Historical Fiction:
Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery. (Anne and I are one and the same, you know.)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Science Fiction:
Contact by Carl Sagan
1984 by George Orwell
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Children’s Books:
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, along with all of his “Middle Earth” literature. I have yet to come across any fantasy stories I think are worth reading at all.

The Oath by Frank Peretti

Christian Fiction:
This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti
And the Shofar Blew by Francine Rivers
The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Non-Fiction: (a genre I am admittedly lacking in)
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis

Birth Junkie:
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence by Judith Lothian and Charlotte De Vries
I have a very long list of books I want to read in this category…sigh…these are the favorites of the ones I’ve read thus far.

I told you. Lots of favorites.

On a side note, I know there are a lot of good books out there, outside the classic authors. I just have a hard time going to the library, and picking a book at random off of the shelf to try. Online reviews are useless, as they always conflict. I prefer recommendations from people I know, and who know my taste.

If I’m going to read a book, I want to know that it has a decent chance of being worth my time.

So, if you have any recommendations, especially in the science fiction, non-fiction, or fantasy genres, that would be great! Also, I’m not very familiar with newer authors, so any newer books out there you think worth reading would be welcome recommendations as well.

If I were to read magazines, they would probably be something like National Geographic, because I am a nerd. Maybe even decorating magazines.

On to the last part of the question:

My favorite poem? By far, I love Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Swing.”

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside–

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!

What are your favorites? Any reading recommendations for me? Thanks for leaving your two cents (or more)!


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