Books That Shape Us

Do you remember the book that made you realize that life was so much larger than you had ever believed?  The book that gave you that "ah-ha" moment.  Or maybe more so it is a succession of books that helped you move from the world of a child to that of an adult in viewpoint and perspective.

I am sure the first one for me was "To Kill A Mockingbird".  That was a big turning point for a 13 year old.  That I saw that the boogie man was not the monster we imagined next door but was the society that was all around us.  Another moving moment book for me was "The Screwtape Letters".  I had not really given a thought to the depths of what evil really was til I had read this book.

 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of The Screwtape Letters and the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis' death.  C.S. Lewis was better know for The Chronicles of Narnia.  But it was The Screwtape Letters that had a resounding ring of how we should remember that evil is within us if we do not stay vigil in our beliefs.  Well I found another that has that same tone to it.  And it is close to Lewis while still having a fresh viewpoint to it.

As One Devil to Another is an astonishing debut work that C. S. Lewis' biographer and foremost Lewis authority Walter Hooper declares "a stunning achievement, the
finest example of the genre of diabolical correspondence to appear since this genre was popularized by C. S. Lewis.”  Through a series of letters, like in The Screwtape Letters,  between two devils plot to win an individual soul away from Heaven. What is different here is their perspective on current issues such as technology and sexual acceptance.  Today it seems that so many have forgotten that there is a moral basis to teach from.  When you do then your children have a stronger ability to fight the temptations that are thrown in their path.  I have always remembered that I was not given a child to care for but instead was forming a future adult.  And it was my responsibility to make sure she had the fortitude to travel her life line in strength as well as in love. 

This is a good one.   A keeper.  One that stays on my shelf.  And one that I want to share with you too.  So I am lucky that Tyndale was kind enough to share with me and you.  So here we go.  A new giveaway.  Details below!

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  1. That is too hard of a question! There are so many books to pick one!

  2. I can not pick one book that shaped me. Books shaped me. For me, just knowing I could pick up a book and be transported to another place or an adventure was such a huge escape for me.

  3. I think the one that did it for me was "That was Then, This is Now" made me realize the teen years were not just fun and games.
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