Monday, November 9, 2009
The Learning Curve: Not A Book Review
Books bring us an abundance of perspectives in numerous topics. Every author has his or her own voice on his or her own subject matter. Writers have their own messages to convey to the reader, fiction and non-fiction alike. Whether they want to make you laugh with them, cry with them, or help you relax and unwind, an author has his or her own way of getting you to do so.
When you are looking for a book that holds a chance to help you learn and grow, do you typically go towards the self-help section? Maybe you find lessons in a person's memoir who has experienced what you have also gone through. Personally, I've found that I can find a message in almost any book that I read, including fiction.
The Shack by William P. Young. Again, no spoilers, and this is not a book review. It's tricky to talk about this book and not give it all away, so let me keep it very simple. I learned from the issues that the main character had to overcome. When I reached the end of this story, I walked away feeling a strong sense of peace and a desire to recommend everyone read it! Regardless, I learned a great deal from it.
What I'm getting at, is that you can learn a lot from books, and not just text books, how to, or self help. The next time you finish a book, ask yourself the following question. What can I take away from this book? Even if the only lesson you gain is... Reading that book helped me unwind! I need to read more often! Apparently, you can even learn a few lessons from your dog through a book.
Have you learned any lessons from reading a book? Are there any book titles you want to share that held an important message for you?