Can books REALLY save us?

May 15th, 2011 by Gallagher John 1 Comment

Today, I read a post from Mark Sanborn titled Books Can Save Us.  I posted a lengthy comment as it generated a lot of thoughts in my head.  Then, I read a post, Seven Types of Blog Comments and How to Respond to Them, and found I was guilty of #2 – being long-winded.  Oddly, I had just minutes before thought it was long-winded and I should post about it, so…here I am! 

Now, I don’t know that books will really ‘save’ us, but I do find books to be therapeutic, thus, I believe they have a way of extending our lives.  So, here was what I expressed to Mark, and now to you, about books:

1) I envy personal libraries  with the wood paneling to the ceiling and the walls of books, including out of print, first editions, and favorites that have been read.  While I stop short of making this type of personal library a ‘goal’, it would definitely be nice to have.  I would want it to be interactive, though.  When friends come over, I want them to pull the books off the shelf, read through my notes, and generate discussion/fellowship for the content as well as the aesthetics!

2) I think that books can be ‘attractive’.  When I finish reading a book, I remove the fancy cover and see how attractive the book’s binding is.  Then, it goes on my ‘shelf’.

3) Touring of bookstores is something I often do.  I wish I had the time to read all of the wonderful books that are there.

4) Life is too short to read a bad book(or drink a bad wine).  I will stop reading a book part of the way through. I don’t do this often as most of the books I read are suggestions from trusted sources.

These are a couple ways that books are therapeutic to me.  What about you?

  • Kristen Kelly

    I just love the feel of holding a book in my hands while reading. The smell of the pages. For Christmas last year Rich bought me a Nook Color while it is convenient and great for travel, when I am home I have to hold a book in my hands and turn its pages. I love to get lost in an authors story. Great post John.