Shining Moments

Jun 20, 2012

So how do you keep growing in a world of distractions and endless tasks?

If you can only do one thing

     keep reading.

Growing up I was surrounded by books.

   The shelves were high but not too high for my eyes to wander

       and discover another gem that interested me.

Yes, as a young girl I found my greatest pleasure in curling up with

     a good book.

And I’ll never forget that birthday when I was 12.

My older brother and I were each given $10 to spend on books.

How excited I was that day

   When we were taken to that well-known bookstore

         and left to spend our birthday money.

While my brother was drawn to the paperbacks

       and loaded up with a mile high pile of great finds

I found my way to the classics. Those books written many years ago

    with beautiful illustrations.

From the moment I saw “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett

   I was ecstatic. A  shining moment to be sure.

We each walked out of that store that day satisfied and pleased with our purchases.

Today many years later that book still has a special place on my shelf and in my heart.

Books like friends continue to lift you to other worlds

     And books like friends patiently teach.

When you long to grow into a greater sense of peace and purpose

   read, read and read some more.

Along with articles and blogs on the internet

I have found certain books keep reminding me of what is most important in life.

In addition to reading my Bible I will mention just three of my favorites


  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  • Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts
  • Devotional Classics edited by Richard J Foster and James Bryan Smith


Summer often lends itself to more time for reading.

Read to discover more about a lifestyle of peace and purpose,

Read to grow deeper.

Yes, above all read.


So now, I have shared some of my favorites.

What about you?

What books are you reading this summer?



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