I have read three things lately that have impressed upon me how powerful what we read can be.
The first is this blog post at Generation Cedar in which the author talks about the hidden benefits of reading aloud to one’s children. Quoting a magazine article by Elisha Schudder, she says:
“‘ . . . in this simple habit of reading aloud, lies a power too fine to analyze, yet stronger than iron in welding souls together.'”
And again later:
“‘American Christian parents began to lose control over their children when they relinquished home reading aloud.'”
I believe Carroll Smith at ChildLight USA would agree. In a post there entitled “Misspeaking–A Symptom of a Greater Problem?” it is argued that we modern Americans lack character because we do not teach it as we ought. We try to teach individual character traits, but we fail because we do not instill character deep within. And how may this be done? Through stories which “tell of people who show great strength of character and determination to do the good thing or of the failure of some people and how it hurts them and others.” The article goes on to say that “Stories help us develop character because we ‘inhabit’ them.”
Finally, in the book I am reading by Frank Boreham called A Handful of Stars (see this post for a brief introduction), I find this passage:
“Your body is like a sponge; it takes in things and holds them and feeds upon them. A part of every apple that you eat sinks dow into your blood and bones. You can’t get it out. It’s the same with books that you read and the thoughts you enjoy. They go down into your bones and you can’t get them out.” (p. 176)
I don’t know about you but I feel a renewed urge to find good, living books full of ideas for my children to read (and for me to read with them!).