A Short List of Favorite Books

bookshelfHave you ever given your unwanted books to a Goodwill?  Maybe a Humane Society thrift store?  A library?  A resale shop?  It’s interesting to peruse these.  Occasionally, there’s a good one that I’ll buy.   But here’s what I really want to know:  If these are the books that we’re giving away, what books are we keeping?  What are the books we can’t part with — the favorite ones we cherish?  My husband and I have some of those books.  The ones we read a second or third time.  The ones we lend out (and buy another one when it never returns home to us).   I was at the library a while back and noticed a book give away taking place that day.  I strolled down the isles and to my surprise, I found a book of mine.  Not ‘mine’ in the sense of one that I had owned and given away.  ‘Mine’ in the sense that I was an ‘author’ of sorts.  My official title was ‘Nutrition Editor’ of this nutrition reference book.  I had this brief moment of  “Wow, right here in the library, a book of my handiwork with my name in it”.  Then, I remembered it was a ‘give away’ item…oh, well.  I left it there.  Hoping someone would take the lonely thing home.  Maybe keep it for a while.   I realize that our reading preferences are as varied as the foods we like.  However, some things are stand outs for us.  Maybe we find that a few others in our social circle of friends or acquaintances like it, too.  It might not be a Best Seller on the New York Times list but it’s a ‘best seller’ for us.  It’s a book that you just plain like.

These are a few of my fiction and non-fiction favorites.

Christian Fiction and other Fiction

  • Byzantium by Stephen Lawhead
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
  • Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers
  • A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
  • From Out of the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz

Non-Fiction Reference Books

  • Major Bible Themes by Lewis Chafer & John Walvoord
  • Food Lover’s Companion by Sharon and Ron Herbst
  • The Way to Cook by Julia Child
  • The Merck Manual of Medical Information
  • Health Counts: A Fat and Calorie Guide   (In case you were wondering, this is the book I mentioned earlier where I’m named as the Nutrition Editor.  As far as I know, it’s now out of print.  Don’t give your copy away though, it might be a collectors item some day.  I can dream, can’t I?)

Feel free to share one of your favorites.

About Luanna Diller

Luanna Diller's professional expertise includes nutrition, health behavior change, and wellness. She has over three decades of experience in counseling, teaching and motivating thousands of clients to achieve healthier lifestyles. She is a wife, mom to a teenager and a young adult, Registered Dietitian and Christian women’s ministries leader. She is a creative cook, loves to dance and recently discovered a knack for hand making glass beads.
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