I have a gift that many people in the world do not have. I can read. In fact, I love to read! My goal is to read a book a week. As an example, this past week I read three books!
The last book I finished, just this afternoon on the airplane, is largely responsible for my love of reading. When I was 10-years old, I hated to read until I picked up a novel by Ethel C. Brill. The book? When Lighthouses are Dark. This became the first chapter book I had ever started and finished. It opened up a world of adventure, enjoyment, learning, and growing.
For 20 years, I tried to find this book again. I searched libraries, online resources, even the National Library of Congress. About a month ago, I searched again and found that the University of Michigan reprinted the old obsolete book. I immediately bought it and in the last few days, read it.
It was awesome! Again…
I was reminded of the simple ways that God can shape us in life…even through an old fashioned story of adventure, hardship, and mystery about lost kids on Lake Superior.
FYI — When Lighthouses are Dark, by Ethel C Brill (Ethel Claire), 1921, Henry Holt and Company, New York. [Reprinted by the University of Michigan]