November 1, 2016

Learning To Be Me

By: Maggie McCoy [Lititz, PA]

Reading is an escape, a way for us to get away from daily troubles.

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.

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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?


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What books have inspired you? What characters have been your examples and your friends? What qualities have they encouraged you to put into practice?

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