It's appropriate to have a wallpaper of books surrounding my blog posts because I do love books. I have hundreds of them and at times it concerns me, I've heard organizers say that to keep from being buried by your 'stuff', you should get rid of an item when you bring a new one into the house. I thought about trying that with my books and at one time I actually had quite a few quilt books sorted out to sell. The pile has shrunk but not because any were sold. At some moment of curiosity, I peeked inside one of them and found some little nugget of inspiration and decided the book had to stay. I now own a NOOK which is a pretty awesome way to store and access books but I still like the feel of a real book.
Books take you places, they inspire you and let you get into the minds and lives of other people. Books can change your life's direction. One such book that had such an effect on me was THE PASSIONATE QUILTER by Michele Walker. This was the British quilt book that introduced me to Welsh quilts and literally changed my life's focus. I still love Welsh quilts and they are a big part of who I am but there have been other books that have changed my life. The most recent of these is about finding your 'cause' in life. It's written by George Barna, an author I'm very familiar with and a newcomer, Mattew Barnett. Anyway, the book tells the story of Matthew Barnett and the Los Angeles Dream Center and how it came into being to serve the people of the neighborhood. It's inspiring and challenging but it's also a life changer. This book is in my 'top ten'.
So, what role do books have in our lives? It'll be different for each person but I think it's tragic when a person doesn't make books part of their life. A book encourages you to think about what you're reading and process the information. A book isn't passive like so much of out mofern media.
I have a book by N.T. Wright that boggles my mind but many books just tell us a good story. Agatha Christie is an example of a great storyteller and there are many others, Tyrants like Hitler feared and burned books and ironically, he eventually met the same fate. So whaterver your taste in books, they can make our lives richer.