Saturday, December 19, 2009

Celebrate Saturday: Some Good Books

I am an avid book lover.

From the time I learned to read, there has been one close to me.
My bedside table is piled high with the ones I just have to read next.

Here are some of my favorites:

In 2000, Sam Venable of Knoxville published this beautiful book. I was privileged to meet the author at the fall festival held each year at the Museum of Appalachia. Since then, I have read the rest of his books, but this one is still my favorite.

Our country is blessed with an abundance of wildflowers. I have enjoyed and appreciated the ones in Alabama with the help of this book and some good teachers!

Sharyn McCrumb is another author from Appalachia that I adore. Her stories transport you to the mountain peaks and hollows and the life contained there. Her Rosewood Casket book is good enough to read over and over.

What can I say? I'm a Southern girl. This book should be read at least every decade.

James Michener is one of the great American authors. I have devoured his books, Alaska, Chesapeake, Hawaii, and more. Centennial, published in 1974, may be my favorite book of all time.

Frank E. Peretti has written many books since This Present Darkness, but it is the one that opened my eyes to spiritual warfare. It is a work of fiction based on biblical teaching. I would recommend it to anyone who doubts that demons exist.

I would like to suggest a New Year's resolution. Make a list of books you want to read, and write it somewhere permanent (maybe on the cover of your day planner). Fifty books is a reasonable number for a year; don't stop at three or four.

So many books; so little time!

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance. Proverbs 1:5