Monday, August 30, 2010
The Road Less Traveled
Recently a conversation with a friend got me thinking about the books I grew up reading, especially as a teenager, and their influence on my life. Yes, romance books introduced me to more sex than my mother wanted me to know about, but I also learned a few other things along the way.
Two important things that come to mind—
1. Falling in love meant respecting each other.
Even if they started out surly, heroes did not belittle, dismiss, or tell the woman they wanted to spend the rest of their life with how stupid or useless they were.
2. There is hope for a better way of life.
No matter what life throws at you (conflict, sorrow, betrayal, etc.) there is hope for a better life, a better love, if you keep striving for it. And above all, there is hope for someone who cares to go through it with you.
I think I’d be in a very different place in my life, a much darker place, if I hadn’t learned those lessons and many more. (I’ve also learned that those lessons are also true, instead of just fairy tales, like some people claim.) Which makes me very grateful to authors like Phyllis A. Whitney, Mary Stewart, Francine Rivers, and so many more.
So tell me, what did you learn from your early reading? What change did your life’s direction take because of those books? Who were your first favorite authors?
Join us this Wednesday, September 1, as we welcome debut inspirational author Melanie Dickerson!