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the beauty of books

“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.”

Carl Sagan
“Cosmos” The Persistence of Memory (1980)

I really couldn’t agree more with Carl Sagan on this one. Books have a miraculous way of transporting us into different worlds and helping us understand things we may never encounter in our daily lives. Though I hardly make proper time for it, I really do love to read. In fact, that’s one of the reason’s I’m so excited for my upcoming Christmas vacation—finally setting aside some time to dive into good books.

What will I be reading? I can say with certainty that I’ll be diving into Darling Magazine (with 144 pages, that counts as a book!), God Loves Ugly, and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, which Rachel gifted me for our first-annual Christmas book exchange.

Do you like to read? If so, what will you be reading this holiday season?

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4 Comments

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    Emily H.
    December 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I’m working on reading Les Miserables. I’m not very far into it right now, but I’m excited to get more into it.

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 20, 2012 at 1:48 am

      Nice! I’ve never read it, but I’ve heard it’s an amazing story (and show, too!)

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    Kelsey
    December 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Forgotten God by Francis Chan is very eye opening about the Holy Spirit and how we should not be forgetting that aspect of the Trinity. Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the idols we worship and the wounds we carry by Mike Wilkerson. Last but not least, The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim. My mom said it is an amazing book, and if I had time I should read it.

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      January 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks for sharing! I’ve read Forgotten God and loved it. I’ll have to look into the other two!

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