There are books I read for distraction, for entertainment value only. Then there are the wonderful books that I read that heighten my focus on what is really important in life. At Home in Mitford is one of these books. I think there are like 9 in the series, and each is a treasure. Here's a bit that I read this afternoon, He was considering what J. Hudson Talylor, the English missionary to China, had said, in reflecting on the verse from Matthew: "Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?" "What God has given us," Taylor had written, "is all we need; we require nothing more. It is not a question of large supplies - it is a question of the presence of the Lord" That was a sermon that was almost unpreachable in today's world. Why take off along that narrow and difficult path, when wide boulevards were generally more inviting to a congregation?
If you've never read the Mitford series, I highly recommend it. Highly. I just started re-reading it and am lost in the wonderful lives of the characters of Mitford. They are so real. And hilarious. Totally endearing and magnetic. When I'm reading this series, it's like breathing fresh spring air. I read with a little smile on my face, totally loving every word. Sometimes, to Bailey's snoring dismay, I totally laugh out loud. Other times, I'm re-using soggy kleenex because I don't want to quit reading to go get a fresh one. I should read by the box.
I don't usually re-read books. Or re-watch movies. There are maybe a handful of books I re-read. The Mitford books are one of them. What books are your favourite that you like to re-read?