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I am so excited to participate in the Preview to Summer: A Blogger Book Swap!

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...




 


04/21/2013 16:40

I think everybody from the book swap has HP in his favorites :)

You're welcome to come and see my favorites.
X Audrey
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BAIWB
04/21/2013 17:08

I look forward to reading the Hunger Games - a series my son has read that I have not yet gotten to. The ghost story sounds good, but I do get myself freaked out by those kinds of things and need my sleep. :)

Thank you for checking out my faves!

Regina

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04/21/2013 17:42

Love that you put the Bible, Regina! Getting baptized (for the second time around) last week was such an amazing experience and I absolutely love my church home. I definitely want to do a Bible study and read its entirety- it's one of my goals for this year. I also love that you share a love of reading HP with your son. The stories grew up with me and I can't wait to share them with my future children. Books transcend generations and it's a beautiful thing. Thanks for sharing and welcome to the swap!

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Regina @ BAIWB
04/21/2013 18:22

Thank you Kim. I am excited for you to delve more into it. I have a lot of great resources if you want some ideas for studying the Bible. I almost always have something else open WITH my Bible to help deepen my understanding and apply the Word to my own heart/life.

Tell me more about your journey and read the "Woman" section of my blog - I'm hoping to share more about what God is doing as I'm going through some challenging times.

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04/21/2013 18:05

Yay for Harry Potter!!
~Sara

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Regina @ BAIWB
04/21/2013 18:23

Have you read the prequel?

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04/21/2013 19:21

YES! The Harry Potter books are definitely on my favorites list too.
Here's what I'm loving about your blog:
1. your header design. That should be put in a frame.
2. I am not Christian. However, how we all get through tough times and become and maintain good persondom (made that word up right there) is always of interest to me. And it is important. As with all my friends, (and in hopes all the world), I want everyone to be happy and love each other. If God is the path to that, then it is important and integral to that person.
Thank you for making your writing and your relationship with your religion accessible to everyone.

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Regina @ BAIWB
04/21/2013 21:05

Your words are taken as a great compliment. Thank you for reading and commenting. Overjoyed that you are participating in the swap!

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I forgot about eat.pray.love. I picked it up once and then gave up on it because I couldn't get into it. About a year later I tried it again and fell in love with it! Sometimes it takes time.

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Regina @ BAIWB
04/22/2013 18:25

And the timing must be right too. I am almost worried about reading it again at this time in my life, though I know it'd be the right time to enjoy, glean and grow. Have you read another book like this one that you'd recommend?

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mary collins
04/22/2013 09:29

Once again Regina your're leading a trend toward helping me to get back to reading more. I am a Bible student at the church where I attend, I listen with desire to learn how to apply lessons to my life that creates a beauty beyond description of unconditional love. I read with great interest Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Rewarding book that helped me understand and accept some relationship issues. I find that the need to reinforce my way of living is to read and keep reading what others are saying about their lives. Keep up the contact, it serves well. MAC

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Regina @ BAIWB
04/22/2013 18:27

Thanks mom. I'll share the books that I get from the swap with you and hopefully we'll be able to read one or two together. Remember when we talked about doing this?

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04/23/2013 13:08

A Harry Potter book also made my list, check out my latest post for my top 3.

Eat, Pray, Love is another favorite of mine, definitely makes me want to travel!

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05/01/2013 21:55

I love, love, love, love, LOVE Eat,Pray,Love. I've read it countless times and have dreamed of going on a vacation to every destination spot recreating Gilbert's experience. And the movie was just as wonderful, as I'm a huge Julie Roberts fan! =)

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Katrice
05/12/2013 12:02

Thanks for sharing I think that these book help me though some tough times in the beginning of our marriage. But at the end of the day God showed me how I was with him (God) as well and I am still learning. These are great books.

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