Have you ever read the book “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. I absolutely LOVED this book. I loved the characters and the era of time it was written about. I loved how deeply her words made me FEEL. One particularly moving part was at the very beginning when Aibileen shares how it felt to lose her son.
“That was the day my whole world went black. Air look black, sun look black. I laid up in bed and stared at the black walls a my house…Took three months fore I even look out the window, see if the world still there. I was surprise to see the world didn’t stop just cause my boy did.”
Sometimes when we experience a tragedy, this is how we feel. We are surprised to see that the world didn’t stop with our loss. I love that books can help us process things in our own lives.
I also think they do this for our children. My husband reads to our kids every night. They love it. When he is not home, they’ll settle for someone else, but they really love it when he reads the best. Their all-time favorite series is one that begins with the book “Little Britches”. It is the BEST series I have EVER read. It is Ralph Moody’s life stories. I highly recommend reading this with your children. He gets into all sorts of scrapes and adventures that you won’t believe. There are incredibly moving parts where you’ll need tissues at hand, and there is wisdom in this book that you will want to instill in your children.
When my kids were mostly little, I didn’t read much on my own besides reading the scriptures. I felt like I couldn’t do it because that was being selfish. Now as I look back, I wish I would have taken the time to read. I had forgotten how much joy it brings me to learn. I had forgotten how much it helps me to process my life, to increase my empathy, and helps me to teach my kids life lessons through real and imaginary people.
One last book recommendation for the day. The 13th Day of Christmas by Jason F. Wright. This is what we are currently reading in the car. You will need tissues! You will smile and laugh. You will be inspired to love more deeply.
I know you all read more than I do. So feel free to comment with your favorite books!
Life is Good. Share the Good.