Bookends: My Dream Library

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction”

Proverbs‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬

UntitledThat ’55 Oldsmobile came to a stop and I could hardly contain my excitement as my daddy and I pulled up at the Public Library. The flight of stairs seemed more like Mount Everest, as they stood between me and thousands of books that would soon be my reality! What a big deal this after-school outing was for an 8 year old! I still remember the musty smell of that old building.

The sun was hot and the days were long, but the bookmobile always proved to be the highlight of the summer.  Walking that quarter mile stretch seemed like an eternity to my ten year old legs because of  the anticipation, but once I entered that little library on wheels, THIS was what the summer was all about!  My arms were tired after carrying the maximum number of books they would let me check out, but it was well worth it.

“Books will be your window to the world”.  I will never forget hearing those words from my sixth grade teacher.  And I had no idea how true these words would prove to be.  Books would be the avenue by which I would travel to my first country.  They would be my introduction to Betsy Ross, Abraham Lincoln, and the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy.  They would also introduce me to Lois Lenski, who allowed me to travel to other states in the US, and allowed my 12 year old eyes to see something bigger than a small town in northeast Alabama.

These are only a few of the stories that I could share with you that have, over time, helped to develop my passion for books and reading.  It is a safe bet to say that I have hundreds of books that I have collected and read over the years.  I have them stacked for decorating.  I have them on shelves.  I have softback.  I have hard back.  Some have yellowed pages.  Many have written notes in the margins.  My love for reading has only grown over the years.  Books have taught me the art of self-education and have truly opened my eyes to the world.  With that in mind, I want to introduce to you our new series “Bookends”.   Since Butch and I both share this love, we decided to share this part of our lives with you all!  We will do this series monthly, and there is no telling what we will share.  Maybe a book review.  Maybe how to decorate with books.  Maybe even a guest blogger and their take on it all.  This week, I want to share what I would add to our home if I could…(can you guess?)…a library that would encompass the whole of what I love!

I like everything about this bookcase…arched top, library ladder, black shelves, and real books!

The cozy sofa with its needlepoint pillows and olive color bookcases with library lamps makes for an inviting place to curl up with a book!

A fireplace is perfect for a library!

This is a small room but it has everything you need…comfortable chairs, good lighting, and plenty of shelves!

The warm woods invite you into this library with its oversized chair, wood burning fireplace, and the wow factor pendant light!

The robin’s egg blue ceiling is a beautiful addition to this reading room with its twin sofas and interesting artwork!

I would love to have this skirted round table to keep current readings within easy reach!!

 A desk like the one seen here would definitely be included in my dream library!  And aren’t these custom built-in bookcases exquisite?!

My recommendations for this month are:
1) a devotional by an outstanding Christian woman of our day and
2) a story of a wife and mother finding meaning in every breath!

“Keep a Quiet Heart” by Elisabeth Elliott is a book of short essays written by one who has experienced loss and pain, but more importantly, she has experienced the  assurance of knowing her Father is in control.  Personally, I have found that to keep a quiet heart is to silence the noise and listen for that still small voice.

Kara Tippetts’, “The Hardest Peace” is a must read!  She writes, “this is not a book about trying to win at having the hardest story.  This book is about a broken woman on the journey to know the hardest peace.  Peace in the midst of hard…hard is often the vehicle Jesus uses to meet us, point us to that peace, and teach us grace.”  Kara was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she keeps an up-to-date blog of her story and the hope she has here: Mundane Faithfulness.

Both of these books have encouraged my walk with The Lord and I know they will do the same for you.

“We read to know that we are not alone”
-C.S. Lewis

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  1. Jenny Pilgrim Moon says:

    Pam, If you haven’t read Sophie Hudson’s “Home is Where My People Are”, you are missing a treat! She is the author of BooMama Blog! She also has another book that is equally as good!

    • Jenny, thank you so much for the recommendation! I am familiar with Sophie, but I haven’t read her books. I will definitely read! Blessings, Pam
      P.S. Thank you for reading my little blog!

  2. Jaybird says:

    Oh yes……..any trip to the library was/is a special day!! Hubster and I go to the library regularly on “date nights” :^)
    Added to the love of reading, I am a music minister with WAY TOO MUCH music!! Hymnbooks take up an entire bookcase…. Music is not something that you can downsize because the time lapse between getting rid of a few books, and needing them again is about two weeks :^(
    Thanks for the lovely photos..maybe I can rearrange and get a few more books in my shelving areas.
    Blessings to you,

    • Thank you so much for your gracious comments. My husband and I have been involved with music all our married life and we have more than we can keep up with, along with books and magazines. Blessings on your ministry! Pam

  3. Ellen says:

    I love these! My favorite is the small one with the fireplace. Love the natural light and it’s so cozy. I always laugh when I see posts and article on “styling” bookcases and bookshelves. There’s nothing to style on mine; they’re full of books!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Mmmm… beautiful books, how I love thee! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many delightful books {you have put a smile upon my face} :)

    Thank you so much for sharing at ROI. I hope you join us again next week. Also, I love how you begin each post with a verse – that is a blessing! Hugs!

  5. Jann Olson says:

    Something about libraries is that they are as beautiful to look at as they are for taking you on adventures. Reading take you to a whole new place! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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