After surveying my newest acquisitions, I allowed everyone to go through them. Jenny picked out two science fiction novels, Samantha grabbed Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, while Allen selected The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Both Samantha and Allen surprised me when they chose a book. Samantha, a nonreader in her early twenties, stated during a conversation that a book must capture and keep her attention in order for her to read it. Other than reaching for my copy of Nightshade on an extremely slow night at work, I had never seen Samantha with a book nor mention ever one. However, the following night, she related that a section in Chicken Soup discussing "letting go" really helped her.
Ah, the joys of reading. Despite their different backgrounds, each of these individuals share past reading experiences, many of which may have been wonderful, terrible, or both. Somewhere along the way, the readers became nonreaders or possibly had never been introduced to the phenomenal world of reading. Jenny, Samantha, and Allen each found in that crate of books exactly what they needed at that time. They touched my heart in ways they cannot imagine. Wow, it's a beautiful thing...living, doing, and being in my purpose of passing on the written word.
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