Books, especially those that are well written and crafted, have power. If we allow, they can shape our thinking, mold how we see the world, and impact how we interact with others. When we read about true heroes, we learn how to become one. When we watch a character weather challenges, we find out what qualities are needed for to overcome. When we step into another’s shoes, we gain compassion we did not have previously. In short, reading has the potential to literally change our lives.
Sarah Clarkson, author of Book Girl, joins us to share how books have influenced the trajectory of her life, and how books invite beauty, strength, and belonging. The intelligence, insight, and depth she brings to the discussion is, in itself, beautiful.
If you have been one of those who has never been a reader, or who simply isn’t taking the time in life to read, this will inspire you to dive in to good literature for the health of your heart and soul.
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Dana Gioia – Head of the National Endowment of the Arts
Reading at Risk Report (how reading impacts people and how they see the world)
“I was surrounded by teachers who were leading me to books which led me to a renewed sense of my capacity to learn, to have insight, to act, and to create. And much of it came through being re-introduced to the joy of reading and the power of being a learner…. I wanted to pass on that sense of empowerment to other women.” – Sarah Clarkson
Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Create vs. Copy by Ken Wytsma
“Every day we are becoming, and helping each other become, creature more glorious than we could ever imagine or so horrific you wouldn’t meet us in a nightmare.” – C.S. Lewis
“The words you choose to put in your mind on a daily basis will indelibly form you – they will form how you act, how you think, how you see people.” – Sarah Clarkson
Hannah Culter by Wendle Barry
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
“I wanted people to have hearts shaped by beauty, to be strong for the battle that they have to fight in their life, and I want them to know they are not alone.” – Sarah Clarkson
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