Nothing is better than a good book

I love nothing more than reading a good book. I am always reading something. Usually it is 2 or 3 books at a time. I read everything from crime, mysteries, sweet romance (not raunchy ones!!), drama, whatever!  I love everything about a book. I love bookstores, and libraries. I read everyday. I cannot go to bed without reading for a bit. I can go anywhere the minute I open a book. I can remove stress, anger, fear and anxiety. Also, it can take me away from the long to do list that is constantly running through my head. I don’t know what it is about words that I love. I cannot get enough of them. The best part is the picture that some authors can paint with just descriptive words. I can sometimes see images so clearly that I feel like it is somewhere that I have physically been before.  I can feel things just by the way the words flow off the page. I have laughed out loud, cried and gasped from books.

My favorite book is the bible. The greatest story ever told. I have read it cover to cover. One year, that was my goal. I followed a reading plan that got me from Genesis to Revelation in 365 days. It was the hardest book I have ever read. And let me tell you, some of it was super boring…Numbers was torture. Revelation is just plain hard! Song of Solomon was the most beautiful story. Ruth is one of my favorite books. The Gospels are so neat to compare. I cannot even begin to tell you how this book has changed my life. How it has gotten me through the best and worst parts of my life. It is a lifeline to me. When I have doubts or trouble, it is the first place I go to find answers or help.

I hate when a good book comes to an end. I get so invested in the characters that I just don’t want to say good bye. I love that with the Bible, we know that our ending is eternal! We will live forever with God in paradise. There will be no more pain, no more sorrow, no tears. Only joy.

Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

By Laurel Austin Henson

Laurel spent 8 months caring for her first husband after being diagnosed with cancer in 2010. He passed away at 33, leaving behind a daughter of 7 and 5 year old twin boys. After sowing millions of tears, Laurel sought out God daily and began to plan for a life of being a single mother, but ready to raise their children in faith, hope and love. God gave her more than she could have ever imagined when she brought Matt into her life, along with his 2 children. He was recently divorced and the providence of God had been leading up to this life for more than 20 years! Now Laurel is reaping joy with Matt and their 5 beautiful children. Thanks be to God for all the beauty created from the ashes of death and divorce.

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