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Books, books, books! - Ruth Chesney
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Books, books, books!

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Welcome to my first blog post and thank you for dropping by! I plan to write about a range of topics and I hope you’ll find the blog interesting, entertaining, inspiring, useful and uplifting.

One topic which will probably crop up with some frequency is the subject of books. Those who know me, know how much I have always loved books. Mum has an old photo of me sitting in a discarded Christmas cracker box at 16 months old, reading a book about Moses. A year later, I had listened to the Three Little Pigs being read so much, that I knew it off by heart and even knew at which point the page had to be turned. My poor dolls became obsolete when I learned to read for myself, and when we visited the library each week, we maxed out our library book entitlement (and rarely, if ever, had to renew any of the books).

With such a book-saturated childhood, it’s small wonder I’m now a book addict, one who goes into bookshops just for the sheer pleasure of inhaling the unique smell of printed paper, the way others might go into bakeries to enjoy the smell of freshly-baked bread. It’s a huge test of willpower when I’m in a bookshop with special offers. We already have more books in the house than space on bookcase shelves.

Another habit of mine is not finishing one book before I begin another. At the last count, there were no less than seven books with bookmarks in them! They will all get finished, sooner or later, I can assure you. In my defence, they are mostly different genres –  fiction, history, biography, Bible commentary, and other Christian non-fiction books.

There is another book, however, which is always at the top of the ‘reading’ pile. I read it daily, refer to it often, and it is without doubt the most important book, not only in my house, but in the world. It is the Bible – the Word of God to mankind. The Bible reveals God’s love for the world and the great plan of salvation to rescue sinners from eternal judgement through the death of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. It provides guidance, comfort and teaching for those who have trusted Christ, and it is ‘quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.’ (Hebrews 4:12)

The books which I write are based on Bible truths, and many of these blog posts will also be based on the Bible. I hope that the Bible is precious to you and that you take time to read it, for, countless as the books are in this world, you will never read a better book.

“In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man…But for it we could not know right from wrong.”

Abraham Lincoln

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2 Comments
  • Joanne Grattan

    11/11/2016 at 22:21 Reply

    Beautiful website Ruth! Is that a photo of books you own? They are so pretty!

    • Ruth Chesney

      13/11/2016 at 20:38 Reply

      Thanks, Joanne! Yes, these are my own books! Just haven’t got round to reading them all yet, though, but they do have pretty spines!

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