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The Joy of Books.

Reasons I love this video:

  1. It’s beautiful, full of joy, and just plain fun to watch!
  2. I appreciate patience and attention to detail in an entirely deeper way.
  3. The “critically acclaimed” Whoopie Pie Cookbook is prominently featured.  (And I do love the whoopie pie!)
  4. It gives image, movement, and story to the tangible book in and of itself.
  5. It takes me beyond what’s there and captures a sort of living narrative that arises from the books that have made us who we are.

Learning about C.S. Lewis (in the seminary class I’m currently taking) is drawing out of me a renewed and profound love of books.  C.S. Lewis was a literary critic by profession, an author by hobby, and a reader by nature.  He knew how to read, write, and analyze a good story.

We read, Lewis believed, because we want to listen.  Good literature demands that a reader surrender to its story.  And a good reader lets the story read him.  Reading requires looking, listening, and receiving.

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” (CSL)

I will read more books this month than probably all of last year combined.  I hope to keep this pace going in the pursuit of becoming a good reader and a good writer.  In pursuit of surrender.  In pursuit of Reality.


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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