When we pick up a good book, we no longer worry about the next test, the fight with our friend, or the decisions we face. Reading lets us be part of a world where problems are solved and we can find courage to face our fears.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice.
Philippians 4:9a (NIV)
When I was younger, I was very shy. The real world was loud, vivid, and frightening. But in the books I read, the characters faced down their fears. Nancy Drew never let a case go unsolved, Percy Jackson never let anyone walk over him, and Harry Potter always saved the day. They were all that I wasn’t, and they were my friends. Books encouraged me to be more outgoing, to speak up a little, to help when I saw someone being bullied. The books I read explored themes I could relate to: injustice, fear, betrayal. The Bible also contained stories with which I could identify: sibling rivalry, betrayal, and above all, hope. Reading is a way to get in touch with and to become the people we want to be.
REFLECT: What books have inspired you? What characters have been your examples and your friends? What qualities have they encouraged you to put into practice?