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October 3, 2012
Just for a Day
Into the Best Books
by Kathryn Grant

As a child, I loved to read. Actually, that doesn’t describe the insatiable appetite I had for books. I devoured them. I couldn’t get enough. When my mom sent me to clean my room, more often than not I would take a “break” and relax into a good book (hours later, my room still wasn’t clean!). At the time I thought I was getting away with something; now I suspect that more than once my mom (who valued good books herself) quietly let me read for a while.

My favorites, like the seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia, I read again and again. Recently I reread some of these books as an adult, and I was surprised to see how they had influenced me — how the truths in them had shaped my life and become part of me.

In modern revelation, we’re invited to “become acquainted with all good books” (D&C 90:15) and to “seek … out of the best books words of wisdom” (D&C 88:118). I admit that these are two of my favorite scriptural admonitions. But in our busy lives it can be a major challenge to find time to read.

Still, with a little creativity and a willingness not to make excuses, most of us can find time that works for us. For instance, I read while working out on the treadmill. Not only does it make the workout more enjoyable, but I’m exercising my mind. Also, thanks to modern technology, I can usually read for a few minutes on my Evo tablet after the lights are out and I’m in bed.

Different times may work for you, but here’s this week’s challenge: make reading a good book a priority. Figure out a time, even if it’s just for 10 minutes, and then do it. If you’re looking for some ideas for books to read, here are a few of my top favorites.

Who doesn’t love books that take us on a hero’s journey? Whether fictional or non-fictional, these books inspire us with courage for our own life’s journey:

I love the following books because they invite me to think about spiritual things, including my spiritual progress:

Finally, since all of us experience sorrow and loss in our lives, here are several books that have given me strength in dark times and hope in grief:

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