Bibliophile trail!

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 
― C.S. Lewis

I felt an appropriate place to begin my blog would be with my library and books that have touched my heart, changed me, admonished me, and taught me more. I am a self confessed bibliophile and I do admit that when our nest is eventually empty my mourning period will be somewhat lessened by the amount of books I will have to catch up on. I love theology and at times have to make myself read parenting books, as I truly believe that the best parenting book is made complete within the pages of His Word. Having said that I do love a good Paul/Ted Tripp book on the fine art of raising children.

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.” 
― Stephen King

My #1 all time favourite...will read it, listen to it, watch movies about it, attends plays taken from it is The Holy Bible. If I were ever shut up in a cell and offered 1 book that I have to read until death, I would order an ESV Study Bible. ESV is my version of choice but I read so many other translations except Mormon and Jehovahs Witness versions.

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

My next favourite are my Johnny Piper books. Anything, YES, anything by this author is 'yay and amen to me.'  John is my favourite author, ever, in the world. Okay so that sounds childish, but words fail me when it comes to describing the joy I feel every time I dig into one of his hedonistic novels about my Father. 'God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him', would have to be one of my favourite quotes coined by Piper. Through the darkest days I have ever faced it was John Piper and Joni Earekson Tada  that wrote me through. I am thankful to God daily for these two authors and their real life, honest, in your face examples of how to glorify God in the valley of despair.
My 1 selection has to be....

“If you don't feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.” 
― John PiperA Hunger For God

Now, Joni! Deep breath. This lady, this sister in Christ is my hero. If I could sit down with one person for a day, it would be Joni. I love her and I am so grateful for her presence in my life, she is my Titus 2 mother. Her books have been a constant friend since I muttered a little prayer to God for help and guidance, the next day this ladies book entered my life and hope sprang again. She is a vessel of God and a woman to be praised.

“Contentment ... has an internal quietness of heart that gladly submits to God in all circumstances.” 
― Joni Eareckson TadaWhen God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty

“Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” 
― Joni Eareckson TadaThe God I Love

Elisabeth Elliot is like a mother to me, a woman that has raised me in the gospel and taught me so much about womanhood, wifehood! and motherhood. Her faithfulness and honesty is honey to my soul and there are many times I have gone running to read one of her books during troubled times.

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” 
― Jane AustenPride and Prejudice

“If you cannot read all your books...fondle them---peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances.” 
― Winston Churchill

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.” 
― G.K. Chesterton

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