Welcome to The Book That Changed My Life Carnival!
There are so many ways a book can change a life.
Many of us fondly recall our first loves: the special book that really grabbed us and sold us on reading forever. For me, it was Emily of New Moon. I was quite young when I stayed up all night reading it under the covers. My husband didn’t fall in love with reading until high school, when he encountered John Grisham’s The Firm. My daughter’s 7, and I wonder if she’ll remember–as I do–how she really began to read when she was determined to find out what happened next to Felicity in the American Girl books. I hope some of you share your first loves.
There are books that walk with us through difficult times. Susan Yates’s And Then I Had Kids: Encouragement for Mothers of Young Children gave me hope when I was an exhausted new mother. I was in the middle of The Divine Conspiracy when our son was diagnosed with cancer, and reading that book at that time was a gift.
Books can help us glimpse our life’s calling and alter the course of our lives. Books can teach us skills that blossom into vocations and hobbies and sources of joy.
The right book can help us navigate a difficult relationship. Strengthen our faith. Give us hope. Or help us come to terms with loss.
Don’t underestimate the power of good fiction. A good novel can let us slip into another’s shoes and walk around a little while, and this heightened sense of empathy spills over into our real lives and relationships. We can travel through time and around the world if a good author shows us the way.
Sometimes, we’ll encounter a book that shakes us to the core. Or affirms something about ourselves we’ve suspected for a long time, but were afraid to admit.
But those are just a few ways a book can change a life. I’m excited to see how your life has been changed by something you’ve read.
Here’s how this works:
- Link up a post you’ve written about a book that’s changed your life, and leave the link to that specific post (not your home page).
- Link back to this post so your readers can find everyone’s posts. (Feel free to copy the carnival image to use on your blog.)
- Please visit at least a few other blogs. I’m sure they’d love to hear your comments!
- Please share about the carnival through facebook, twitter, pinterest as you feel comfortable.
- Let me know in the comments what your favorite posts are. I’ll be sharing your favorites (and mine) on the blog later this week, and on facebook and twitter. (Join my facebook community here, or follow me on twitter here.)
Thanks so much for sharing your words and for coming here to read Modern Mrs Darcy. I’m so grateful for you and for the community here.
Link will be open until Friday at midnight EST.