Magical! When I hear this word, I am instantly transported back to the Disney animated films I enjoyed during childhood. This week at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup, Gayl Wright expands my views. Gayl finds books magical because of how they inspire her to create and imagine. Read and enjoy!
The Magic of Books
By Gayl Wright
Books have always been a part of my life from my earliest remembrances. I know my mom read to me a lot and taught me how to read before I ever went to school. My dad was an avid reader bringing home armloads of books every week from the local library. He usually took me with him and I remember eagerly looking forward to those weekly visits.
My dad always took a long time finding books, so I would spend time perusing the shelves and then read while I waited for him. I think I read all the biographies in the kid’s section and many of the fiction offerings. That was how I found Beverly Cleary’s books, and I remember reading about the antics of Henry Huggins and his dog, Ribsy.
Reading opened up a whole new world for me.
Through my books I could travel far beyond the little suburban neighborhood I called home. I passed the joy of reading on to my children as we had reading time every afternoon. While I read aloud they would draw or color, sometimes trying to illustrate the story. As they got older we incorporated tea time into our afternoon reading.
We devoured books and lived vicariously through the characters.
One day on the Alps with Heidi, another day in Holland with Hans Brinker, or seeing through the eyes of Jo from Little Women. We traveled with Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons characters, experienced the open prairie with Laura Ingalls Wilder, traipsed through Narnia with the Pevensie children, went on adventures with The Hobbit, and learned about life on Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables.
Reading teaches us about relationships between different people.
In our reading we have good and bad examples that show us a lot about human nature and how to relate to each other. Some books that helped me in living out my Christianity in a natural way were those by the Scottish author George MacDonald. His stories are full of adventure but also truth. His characters were true to who they were and came alive in my mind as I was drawn into each story.
As an adult I still enjoy biographies and autobiographies.
One book that is full of almost every emotion you can imagine is The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Trapp. Even though they faced many hard things, Maria still managed to find comical ways to describe some of them. While reading aloud to my daughters there were times we were all laughing so hard it brought tears and I could hardly keep reading.
Other types of non-fiction books are also my friends.
Charlotte Mason and Ruth Beechick helped me stay focused when I started homeschooling. Edith Schaeffer gave insightful advice in the areas of prayer and hospitality. Books by G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Os Guinness have been invaluable as they contain much food for thought.
The most important book I have read and continue to read daily is my Bible.
In it are true stories of faith, adventure, obedience and disobedience, miracles, and direction for all of life. This book tells me of God’s love and forgiveness and hope. It teaches how he gives grace and strength and comfort. It shows me how to trust and remember that God is always with me no matter where I go.
What about you? What books have made an impression on you?
Gayl Wright makes her home in lovely Sunset, SC. Married for 41 years, mother of 7, grandmother of 13, she enjoys blogging, writing poetry, reading, creating art, interacting with people and spending time outside enjoying nature. She is learning to embrace life fully, observing details, finding beauty in unexpected places. Her goal in life is to demonstrate the existence of and to glorify God in whatever she does and to encourage others in the process.
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Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!
Geogie discusses how she started her career trying to write for the movie screen. When she did not achieve success in the field, she did not let go of her dream to write. She just tweaked it and switched genres. Her story is very inspirational.
Leslie’s Favorite Post of the Week:
Just Sayin’: A Book Review by Holden (Secret Garden)
By Holden on While I’m Waiting
I love how Holly is getting her daughter involved in the book review process at such a young age. As an added bonus, The Secret Garden fits our magical book theme perfectly this week and is one of my favorite childhood books.
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