Hey, friends! Please welcome Kristy Cambron, author of The Butterfly and the Violin, as she talks about one of our favorite things: BOOKS! Stay tuned till the very end. There’s a sweet surprise waiting for you.
When Books Have a Story to Tell
by Kristy Cambron
I remember the day my parents bought me my first art history book.
That was in fourth grade– many, many years ago. And today, it holds an important spot on the favorites bookshelf of this thirty-something wife, author, and momma of three.
I still have the very first copy of Pride and Prejudice (and Jane Austen book period) that I’d ever read. My high school Bible is tucked away – no longer in use because the spine is falling apart. It’s marked up, inscribed with dates and prayers in the margins, chronicling my first decade as a believer. And around my home office as I write this? You’ll find copies of Elie Wiesel’s Night stashed here and there. A stack of Dr. Seuss books occupies a toy basket in the corner. Art history books are shelved in a rainbow of spine colors. And eighteen copies of Jane Eyre are within arm’s reach of my desk.
A good story captures readers if the characters are memorable, the plot is page-turning, and often, if the message is a powerful one. But there’s something beyond the greatness of the words penned to pages. That’s not where the story ends! It’s also found in the memories attached to the books we love.
I have many friends who adore their e-readers. It’s now possible to carry an entire library in our handbag. (Thank you, technology!) And I assure you – I have an e-reader and it’s stocked with books I’m anxious to read. I stand in no judgement if someone’s not partial to print books, especially with the hustle-bustle of our technology-driven days. E-readers just make sense sometimes. But here’s where a hold-in-your-hands book gets real for me.
Here’s where a book tells its story.
A book that’s engraved itself upon your heart becomes one you loan out to dear friends.
It’s one you purchase as a gift, watching as eyes light up when it’s unwrapped.
Maybe it’s a book that’s been so loved, you’ve carried it from college dorm to first apartment to the home you’re living in now, always finding it a special place on your shelves. Maybe you popped into a little London bookshop on your first trip overseas, and have a copy of a Dickens novel to mark the journey. Maybe you met one of your favorite authors and they signed the front cover of a first edition novel you loved. And maybe, just maybe, you want to write a book one day. To hold your own story in your hands. To know that you dreamt it, pursued it, and finally… that calling of your heart came true.
This is where a used bookshop can become a harbinger of dreams.
Who held this book before you? Who loved it? Who gave it as a gift? Who owned it, wrote their name in the front cover, only to have it come to you after they moved on from it?
Books have a story to tell. And for every book published, it’s a story far more than the awards, critical acclaim or sales numbers could explain. A book is a story you hold in your hands. It’s yesterday and tomorrow, all at the same time. And if we let it, the story will continue on each time it’s passed from palm to palm. Shelf to shelf. Heart to heart.
This is when a book tells its greatest story– by how well it’s been loved.
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