LitStaff Pick: The Books We Wish We Could Read Again for the First Time

Things Pondered – From the Heart of a Lesser Woman
Beth Moore
One of my favorite authors is Christian writer Beth Moore. She is well-known for her bible studies, but not everyone may realize she is also a wonderful poet. In this book, Things Pondered, Beth shares a collection of poetry, memories, and vignettes from her life — stories about marriage and children to friendship, trials, and her relationship with God. The book was given to me when my twin sons were young, and her beautifully written tales of motherhood often brought me to tears. Here is one of her poems.


Satisfy me not with the lesser of you

Find me no solace in shadows of the True

No ordinary measure of extraordinary means

The depth, the length, and breadth of You

And nothing in between

Etch these words upon my heart knowing all the while

No ordinary roadblocks plague extraordinary miles

    Your power as my portion, Your glory as my fare

                      Take me to extremities,

                      But meet me fully there.

-Angie Dilmore

3 thoughts on “LitStaff Pick: The Books We Wish We Could Read Again for the First Time

  1. Mine would definitely be WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Despite being a classic, it took me by surprise. I've never been a "required reading list" type of reader, so I assumed I wouldn't be into it. Happily, I was wrong. Heathcliff is one of the most complex and interesting characters I've ever read. It's a shame I'll never get to experience meeting him for the first time again.

  2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Here is this group of people being held hostage in a mansion. The situation must come to an end, of course it must, but how? What sequence of events will finally end months of captivity in which the hostages and hostage-takers have bonded and the real world has come to seem like a dream?

    Also, The Alienist by Caleb Carr. Masterfully written mystery. I recall that I stayed up half the night to finish it.

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