The second step in this swap is to share three of our favorite books. As everyone else has shared, choosing only three is a challenge, but these are the ones that continue to leave a mark on me.
1. The Bible. I read it almost every day. Almost 14 years ago, I was baptized into Christ. The Word of God has been incredibly relevant in my life throughout the past decade and a quarter. I am thankful for the words of encouragement, the promises and the expectations that God has for me. I hope my love for God is recognized in all I do; I only get the strength to follow Him and do His well by reading it and feeding on it everyday.
2. Eat, Pray, Love. I read this book over 7 years ago. I had been widowed and felt lost as to what I ought to specifically do next, how to actually move forward. I knew God was there for me but was unsure about how to step out into the world. I don't even recall how I finally got my fingers wrapped around this book, but am glad that I did. I could relate to a lot of her thoughts and feelings about herself; things she had suppressed for so long and that finally came to the surface. I was flying someplace, I don't recall where to, and remember reading this book on the plane and having to quickly cover my mouth to stifle a loud guffaw (yelp, inappropriately loud laugh) in response to the words on the page. I did not want to the book to end and to this day have not read the final page.
3. Harry Potter. I think this is one of my favorites because I have read the entire series twice but more importantly, the legacy has lived on because my 13 year-old son has read it three times. It is a bond we share, a language we speak and it is all the more sweet because he was reluctant to even pick it up. Now, we laugh because I am able to choose books that I've not even read yet that turn out to be of interest to him, keeps him a hungry, hungry reader and his imagination vivid and youthful. I attribute that to the trust that Harry Potter helped me build with him.
I am enjoying hearing about other folk's faves. So many books, so little time...