30 Day Book Challenge |30

Your favorite book of all time.

“Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that’s the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing. Nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or a valley. For fear will rob him if he gives too much.”

– Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton.

30 Day Book Challenge |29

A book that everyone hated, but that you liked.

– Again, not a book but a genre. Christian books; not inspirational, not motivational. Christian.  I rarely come across people who read and genuinely enjoy non-fiction Christian literature.

Honestly it would never have occurred to me to read them either if a friend had not only recommended but also handed me a copy. So I suppose it’s not so much a case of hate as it is unaware.

Cue time for me to pay it forward?

30 Day Book Challenge |26

A book that changed your opinion about something.

– Ari: The Life And Times Of Aristotle Onassis by Peter Evans.

Lying atop a pile of old newspapers carelessly strewn on the floor, then again watermarked and stained at the bottom of a drawer; I continually passed over this book for reading with a foolish disdain for biographies. Until one day, with nothing else to read I was finally forced to pick it up.

I remember very little about this book. And i’m quite sure that anything I could tell you would be found in a synopsis on the back cover. However, what I carry with me long afterwards is this… “That wasn’t so bad.” And I found that I didn’t hate biographies anymore.

30 Day Book Challenge |25

A character who you can relate the most to.

– Lily, from Second Chance {Book #2 of the A.D. Chronicles by Bodie & Brock Thoene}. It’s rare for me to fully identify with a character in a novel. It’s more the case that i’d relate to a challenge, their reaction or a certain character trait. So the depth to which I find I can relate to Lily’s situation came still stands as a surprise.

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A book that you wish more people would’ve read.

– Not a book, a genre. Biographies. I wish more people would read biographies.

I believe that there’s a lot you can learn from the life of another. Their great achievements, their failures, their regrets.

I believe that you don’t have to make all the mistakes yourself. We have the benefit of the guidance of those who’ve gone ahead and successfully (if not fantastically) made it through despite the odds.

To pick up a  biography of a life well led, is to be among the wise. And to find yourself in the company of those extraordinary men and women who throughout history have as Theodore Roosevelt so wisely put it “…actually strived to do the deeds, who have known great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best know in the end the triumph of high achievement,…