Libraries and bookstores list quite a different set of books in the inspirational category. On a stroll through the aisles of any such purveyor of literature, one may find theology textbooks, Bibles, studies, and devotionals. I treasure the spiritual value these publications provide. For me, such books exceed the term inspirational. I refer to this genre as foundational.
Today’s discussion redefines inspirational literature. After we’ve set our foundation upon spiritual truth, we can find inspiration by reading deep into the experiences of others. Through history, memoir, biography and poetry, our understanding of global life expands. These accounts invite us to see into the suffering, triumph, and failures of our human ancestry and contemporaries. The wealth within these volumes transcends time, to enrich generations far removed from the eras for which they were written. We’re no longer limited to learning from our own circumstances or perspective. Empathy and vicariously obtained wisdom stretches the potential of our souls. Within the pages of these books lie vital keys to personal growth.
To read your way to your best self, check out the following genres. I’ve added a few suggestions to get you started in each inspiring category, but my list offers the barest sampling of the vast resources available. If you have favorites to suggest, please feel free to add them in the comments below.
|Biographies||Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas|
|Memoir||Cuban-American: Dancing on the Hyphen by Amarilys Rassler|
|Poetry||Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman|
|History||Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly|
I look forward to reading your comments and adding your suggestions to my master list!