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Some of my stories are published in:
A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Book, Take Me Away!

After a long day filled with writing, teaching, chores, running errands and social activities, it is one of my most sublimes pleasures to settle into bed with a good book and hot mug of tea.
Remember the old commercial, touting bath oil beads?
In my mind I can still hear the echo of the lady's voice as she sighs, "Calgon, take me away."

That's the way I feel about a good book.

When I was in the seventh grade my brother handed me Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and said, "Here, read this book and quit bugging me."

I disappeared into my bedroom and, within minutes, was transported to Middle Earth. Frodo completely charmed me. I fell in love with Aragorn. And Gandalf? Oh, how I wanted to don a grey cloak and traverse my own mysterious, dangerous, heroic world, riding a magnificent silvery stallion who could outrun the fleetest of Mordor-spurred steeds.

I cried at the last few sentences of the third book in the trilogy, emerging from my bedroom -three days later, having hardly slept or eaten, feeling as if my childhood had been abandoned somewhere in the middle of The Two Towers.

A masterpiece such as The Lord of the Rings is much more than an epic tale. The story of men, Elves, Dwarves and Hobbits willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of preserving their noble world and the lives of their loved ones touched my soul and forged pathways in my impressionable young mind. It was John 15:13 fleshed out in impossibly real fictional characters: "Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

Stories have such power. First, they transport us. Then, they teach us. Last, they inspire us to be better than we are.

Tonight, I'm going to turn off Fox News, pour some Earl Grey tea and nestle in with another great book. Ahhhh.


  1. Oh how I love to read a good book. The perfect day is having nothing to do but read all day.

  2. Yep, there have been many times in my life that I got "taken away" by a good book...not as much as I used to, though. Tooooo busy now! Perhaps I should get "taken away" again soon!

  3. Oh Diane, isn't it wonderful to have nothing to do but read. It's like the luxury of taking several hours away from chores to walk one of my favorite loops in Estes Park, Always come home inspired.

  4. Yes, Margaret, a good book brings up images in my mind that I wish I could paint. You - oh talented one - can paint what you see.