November 13, 2006

One Book

Okay I'll be honest, I rarely like doing these but since the person who tagged me knows me in real life and is very pregnant with twins but still found time to do it - I suppose I should. Besides it is about books and everyone knows that is a weakness of mine.

Can Man Live Without God by Ravi Zacharias
When I met Serona I was an agnostic when it came to matters of faith. I suppose this was progress from my atheistic view of just a few years earlier. Serona is a pastors kid and gave me this book to read alongside with the bible. Let's just say I was a real skeptic and Ravi's book was written for someone like me - with real intellectual hangups and doubts over faith. While reading this book and the bible and some serious soul searching and questioning I came to my Christian faith. While raised Catholic I had stepped away from my childhood faith and questioned God on so many levels. It was during reading this book that I really had to come to terms with what I knew to be truth (God's word and who Jesus is and what he did for us) and decide whether I was going to accept it and change my life or ignore what I knew to be the truth and carry on as if I did not know it. This book was written with a directness that I had a hard time denying or ignoring. I suppose it was this book and the bible together that changed my life forever. The decision to accept that Jesus is God's son and he died for my sins and to accept him as my Saviour is definitely the biggest decision that changed my life.

Okay this one is really tough for me as I reread many of my books! I try to read a Jane Austen book at least once a year so I have reread those many times over. I also really enjoy rereading the Harry Potter series right before a movie and new book come out. There are so many books I am enjoying rereading with my kids especially the Little House series, CS Lewis Chronicles of Narnia and Anne of Green Gables. Okay so I completely cheated on this question but I can't narrow it down - so pick one.

The Bible
The only truly living book I know of that speaks to me uniquely each time I read it. There is so much wisdom and beauty and love in that book. I am truly one who believes it to be the greatest story ever told. Also it is the only book that I believe would see me through all the trails I would face alone on a desert island. I would prefer my bible to "Wilson"

A Walk to Remember - Nicolas Sparks
Okay so he is trendy but he is easy to read and really can capture a touching heart wrenching romance story well. While everyone rages about The Notebook - this one brought me to tears and really touched me. It is one of the few books that turned to movie that I actually enjoyed the movie better than the book even though it was a different take on the book. Both book and movie made me cry.

Buck Up, Suck Up . . . and Come Back When You Foul Up: 12 Winning Secrets from the War Room by James Carville and Paul Begala

Okay I REALLY wanted to steal Mamadala's answer here. Because I can't really think of a book that would be more fun and meaningful to write than CS Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. One of my favorite series ever written for people of all ages in all times. But I will try to be more inventive and not steal her answer.

Okay so I am Republican but these two are REALLY smart and I wish I wrote the book so more Republicans would listen to it and learn from it. However you feel about the authors, former president Clinton, or the democrats in general, it is a great book with many applications beyond just politics. If I wrote it I could claim I was smart and maybe the Republicans would run better war rooms.

On Becoming Babywise by Gary Ezzo
I have very passionate feelings about this book and the influence it has had on many parents over the years. Ones I do not really want to go into here. To know how much I dislike this book I have been known to turn it face in at local bookstores when I am in the parenting section so it is hard to find and not on display. I have also resorted to checking it out of the public library and renewing for awhile so it was off the shelves and no one else could stumble upon it. I have grown up and matured some and no longer do these things but I still wish it was never written.

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright
Recommended by Hugh Hewitt, Serona and I are both reading it together. I am enjoying it though it is very slow moving at times and traces the history of Al-Qaeda further back than I would have expected. It really gives you a good sense of what is at stake and at root in the issues we face today and 5 years ago. I would recommend it.

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon - Patty Lovell
Oh wait you probably want to know something I want to read for me not what I will be rereading again to Sirah tommorrow and the day after and the day after that.

One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury

This has been on my to read list for awhile as I have the sequel here waiting to be read. Somehow it is never in the library when I get the desire or gumption to face down the memories of that day and read this story or when it is in I know emotionally I could not handle reading it yet. Someday I will get to it.

People I tag to do this on their own blog , Lorainne, SoCal, EmpressBarb, PB, Spin, Katie and L2 when she feels better! Post a comment to let everyone know you posted your answers to your blog!

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