Once I nailed down reading, a whole new world opened up to me. I'll never forget how entranced I was when I read the story of tiny people, who lived in a child's dollhouse. For the first time, I didn't think about how thick the book was or the "work" of reading. I cared about each character and their dilemmas.
Many other books followed from The Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, the Sue Barton nurse series, Cherry Ames to early Christian Fiction books for children. Every month, I looked forward to the catalog of books for sale and begged my parents to get me the titles on my Wish List.
The library became my favorite hangout place, and the workers all knew me by name. Every week, I'd pick out 7 books and rush home to read my treasures. It became difficult to find new books after awhile, and I began taking out non-fiction titles as well. Biographies and books on hobbies and ballet caught my attention.
The Internet didn't exist, so I couldn't search Google or read about my favorite authors. Wherever books were sold, I searched for more reading material. We are blessed to have a wide variety of Christian fiction available to us now.
One important lesson this rite of passage taught me: Learning the technical skills needed for reading opened the door to great books. In the same way, when we take the time to hone our writing, it creates a pathway to stories that will reach a reader's heart.
Writers: What important lessons have you learned on this journey?
Readers: Was there a special book that hooked you forever on reading? Please share.
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