Moved by Words


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From as early as I can remember words were a lifeline. As a child, stories became my playground. I would try on new words like new clothes.  Too much of my childhood was underscored by hurt and anger so I would bleed blue ink in countless journals and on pages hoarded from the backs of half-filled school notebooks.

Looking back I can see now how time and maturity has blossomed into wisdom instead of anger and how my love of words has not changed. Instead of scratching in journals (although I’ve been known to pick up a pen), I tap on keys and books will always be a route to joy.  I still use words to drown out the whisper of doubt when my fears come haunting.

These are some of those words that keep me coming back for more…

Christian Life

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are – Ann Voskamp 

A Million Little Ways – Emily P. Freeman 

Wonderstruck – Margaret Feinberg 

Restless – Jennie Allen 

Marriage/Parenting

Surprised by Motherhood – Lisa-Jo Baker 

The Mystery of Marriage – Mike Mason

Writing 

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott 

Fiction 

Unwritten – Charles Martin 

Wrapped in Rain – Charles Martin

Someone Knows My Name – Lawrence Hill 

A Thorn in My Heart (series) – Liz Curtis-Higgs