What's on Your Bookshelf?

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, October 07, 2014. Posted in Devotional

What's on Your Bookshelf?

If I could have any job in the world, it would be to own a tiny bookshop with hardwood floors and shelves of books. Floor to ceiling, novels would be lined up and ready for spine-cracking. I'd serve free hot tea and Italian cookies in the back and make recommendations to those needing help selecting one among the thousands.

I was recently asked to list the top 10 books that left an impact on me in some way—big or small. Admittedly, my mind first went to the likes of classics, such as "Little Women" and "Love in the Time of Cholera." But, if I had to re-think the list, I'd put the Bible and Book of Mormon at the top.

A book for every mood, these two precious pieces have just what you need and when you need them.

In the mood for a miracle? Try Matthew 9:27-31.

What about suspense? Read Romans 8:18-25.

How about a love story? Give Genesis 29 a try.

A powerful poem or two? Psalms 40 and 100 are sure bets.

Want to know about things to come? 1 Nephi 22:4-28 is a great read.

Or, if you need additional suggestions, here are a few my favorites:

Psalm 139

Hebrews 13:1

1 Nephi 16:29

Alma 5 (it's a long one, but totally worth it!)

Whether you're reading the old-fashioned way (book in hand), via your tech-savvy digital device, or even listening audibly, the Word remains the same. It's true. It's fascinating. It's the same today as it was years ago — and will be tomorrow, too.

There's no greater story. So tell me: what's on your shelf?

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Comments (2)

  • Warren Bennett

    Warren Bennett

    07 October 2014 at 09:22 |
    Reading "The Heavenly Man" by Paul Hattaway. A best seller. The story of one man's life as a believer in China and his escape from prison. Like Peter the doors of the prison opened for him.


  • Teri-Lyn Tunno

    Teri-Lyn Tunno

    07 October 2014 at 20:08 |
    Wonderful blog!! Your description associated with certain scriptures made me want to go and pick up the books. I have to say that even though having read both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, sometimes someone can bring about scripture to be viewed in a different way and all of a sudden, it has new meaning. We had a Ladies' Circle lesson on friendship and one amazing friendship in the Bible was brought to light. For some reason, it brought new meaning to a story that I was already familiar with. I guess it is like watching a movie that you have already seen before and noticing something else you did not catch before. Very cool and interesting. I hope you get your bookstore someday. I bet it would be awesome. :)


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