There’s nothing like a good book and a hot cup of coffee as we weather through the final weeks of winter. My stack of books to read over the past few months has been a delightful one – so good in fact that I find myself giddily indecisive whenever an opportunity to read arises. Here’s what I’ve devoured lately.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
For anyone hesitant to delve into the art they are longing to create, for anyone who has always wanted to explore the ideas and passions nudging the corner of their brains, for anyone who feels like they could never be creators, this book is for you. The permission to be bold in creative endeavors is something I always need to hear.
“Your own reasons to create are reasons enough. Merely by pursuing what you love, you may inadvertently end up helping us plenty. Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart. The rest will take care of itself.”
A Loving Life: In a World of Broken Relationships by Paul E. Miller
Through a deep and honest exploration of the story of Ruth, Miller intricately unpacks the idea of hesed love – an uneven love that continues whether reciprocated or not. This book was with me every day, slowly and attentively read as each day presented me with an opportunity to apply what I was learning.
“You endure the weight of love by being rooted in God. Your life energy needs to come from God, not the person you are loving. The more difficult the situation, the more you are forced into utter dependence on God.”
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I’ve been hearing about this book since its release several years ago. Something reminded me of it and I requested it from my library at random a few weeks ago. I could not put it down or stop thinking about it for the few days I was reading it. An excellently written work of fiction, based around the maids that worked for southern women in the sixties. This book broached the subject of racism in a tactful and honest way, but did not limit it to the constraints of white and black. I came away from this book (and then movie) more eager to fight for honesty, integrity, and to look beyond external appearance and into the heart of the people I encounter.
“We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.”
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It was ironic that I’d be reading this classic (that somehow never made its way onto my high school reading list) at the exact time of the authors death. I’m thankful for the words she wrote and the legacy she left behind.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I did read this children’s classic in high school, but the details had grown fuzzy in my memory that it was time for a re-read. (A regular habit for me.) I’ve been reading L’Engle’s memoirs lately and am fascinated to see her heart unfold in both fiction and non-fiction. She was a lovely person, and I enjoy getting to know her through her writing.
“People are more than just the way they look.”