Reading and books remain a constant joy in my life. Ever since I can remember, curling up with a good book has been my all-time favourite activity. If my mom asked me what I'd like for a treat from the city, the reply always came, "A book, please."
I enjoy a variety of genres -- fiction and non-fiction -- and I'm often drawn to authors that stir and motivate me to think new thoughts and envision a better world or life. The stories touch my heart where it yearns for clues to live my life more beautifully, lovingly, and purposefully.
Today I'm sharing a short list of books that have spoken to me in some way. I hope you will discover nuggets and treasures for your own life, should you decide to read them.
I'm always interested in finding out what other people are reading for inspiration or fun. If you'd like to share a current or past favourite, I hope you'll leave a comment.
1,000 Marbles, A Little Something About Precious Time by Jeffrey Davis. This one makes you stop and take notice. If you knew you only had 1,000 Saturdays left to live, would you spend them as you do right now? Or change what you do? Let Jeffrey Davis inspire you to get on with doing what makes your life more meaningful and fulfilling.
A Short Course in Kindness by Margo Silk Forrest. A little book on the importance of love and the relative unimportance of just about everything else. Ms. Forrest says her mission in life is to "add love to the world--to change the world, one heart at a time." She shares some lovely stories and ideas on living life more kindly.
The Generosity Factor, Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure by Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy. Based on the teaching 'it is more blessed to give than receive', this little story reveals five key principles, including the recognition that wealth is not just about treasures in the bank. The information may not be new, but its allegorical presentation shines a new light on the definition of success.
The Shack by William P. Young. I loved this book. Although it starts out with a tragedy, if you stick with it, this story takes you on one amazing journey, which leaves the reader marveling at God's love and healing in the midst of a world that is filled with so much hardship and sadness.