How often do you re-read your favorite books? And what do they say about you?
Recently, I’ve been caught up in Rome during the first century. I first read A Voice in the Wind (Mark of the Lion) and An Echo in the Darkness (Mark of the Lion #2) by Francince Rivers as a young mom. I remember being totally captivated by the stories, and I recommend the books to everyone I know, but I realized after twenty years I’d forgotten what much of the story was about … so I decided to read them again.
I finished the first two books just last week, and I remember why I loved them so!
As I read about ancient Rome and Ephesus, I couldn’t help but think of the United States and our vain pursuits of pleasure. Because it’s been so long I’d forgotten much of the story, so they were new and exciting to me.
After all this time, these are still some of my favorite books. And I’ll continue to recommend them.
Re-reading these favorites also got me thinking about why I love what I love.
3 Things The Books We Love Tell Us About Ourselves
1. We find comfort in familiar stories. We have that sense that “I’ve been here before.” As humans we love our comfort zones, and we even can discover these zones in books filled with strife and conflict!
2. Even when the stories are familiar they become new, because we change over the years. I read these novels different as a mother of six children, three of them grown. I related more to the “older” characters in the story.
My heart ached for the characters who followed sinful paths. Through the years we change, and even familiar stories take on new meaning.
Re-reading books, and noting how we relate to them, tells us about our personal changes.
3. We learn about ourselves. Next time you re-read a favorite book, ask yourself a few questions.
- Why do I relate to this character?
- Why does this story appeal to me?
- What truth strikes me as I’m reading/re-reading the pages?
- How does my story relate?
You’ll discover truths about yourself that you may not have realized before.
Here are a few more books that I love to re-read:
Looking over these books, things I learn about myself are:
1. I love to see God at work in the midst of hardship.
2. I love dramatic books with wonderful characters
3. I understand the current world better by delving into the past.
How about you? What books do you find yourself re-reading again and again?
What do you think they tell you about yourself?