I am super pumped to be the lead off post in a series that makes me giddy. Self Talk the Gospel is staring a series today on books that made an impression.
You had me at books :)!
I love reading about books to either get new ideas or feel (a tiny) bit
smug proud that I’ve read them. This is going to be a series to follow! Here’s a small blurb about it:
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Back to Amy.
Want to know what book I selected this year?
Here’s a hint:
A few years ago I read one of my favorite books out loud to my nieces and afterwards one of them re-enacted one of the scenes using blocks. She did this unprodded. Boom. That is the power of a well written book.
The scene: a motel room near Disney Land
The time: Spring Break in the late 1970s
The actor: a 4th grader named Amy
As we fade into our scene, we find Amy lying on the floor finishing Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Her teacher had started it before spring break, but Amy couldn’t wait until after the break to find out what happened to Billy and his dogs Old Dan and Little Ann.
And then she found out.
Keep reading to find out why this book has impacted me more than any other I read in childhood.
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What books have moved you? What stories were significant in your childhood?
First I have to tell you, I didn’t read Where the red Fern Grows until my husband read it out loud to our oldest three children. We had no idea about the story what so ever. Let’s just say there were tears for all.
But as far as a childhood book, I would have to say the Little House series. I found them by accident. I loved them.
One of the reasons I wanted to homeschool my children was that no one really guided me to great books. I didn’t want my kids to miss out on great Literature. So I relived my childhood by reading out loud to them. Edith Schaffer’s book, on homemaking suggested every family should read out loud every day. I have never regreted the books we shared out loud.
I have never read the book, but have seen the movie a few times. And I cry like a baby every time! I have so many books that have impacted me. One that stands out is A Thousand Splendid Suns. Have you read it?
Oh my, yes! That’s a great book too. I was house sitting when I read “the scene” in that book that undid me. I hadn’t seen it coming. Great book. :). Thanks for reminding me!