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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Inspiration/Block (for the writer) (05/20/10)

TITLE: Words in a Book
By Joy Bach
05/25/10


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When I was struggling through the de-programming of my religious training, I stumbled across a book called “Your Erroneous Zones” by Dr. Wayne Dyer. Upon completion of the book, I immediately read it again…and again. The thoughts in that book were totally contrary to the beliefs of my church.

Yet, thanks to that book, I learned I did not have to live daily with worry and guilt. I wore the original book out, but have a copy on my bookshelf today. The words in that book were an inspiration to me that helped change my life.

In a book entitled “Beyond Ourselves” Catherine Marshall wrote a chapter on “The Prayer of Relinquishment”. I had been taught to pray telling God what I desired…such as healing…and then He was obligated to do what I asked. When you pray the prayer of relinquishment, you are, in essence, telling God that you are willing to let Him decide what is best for you.

Another life-changing concept. The inspiration I received from those words has helped me many times in my life. I have a copy of that book on my shelf.

The title of the book was what caught my eye. Jess Lair, Ph.D. authored a book called “I ain’t well – but I sure am better”. It was inspiring to discover that each day I could be better than I was the day before. I still have a copy of that book on my shelf.

Rosalind Rinker wrote a book describing prayer as a conversation with God. As I began reading it, my fear of the heresy within its pages almost prevented me from progressing through the book. I knew “prayerese” – using King James language and praying to impress others. The concept of just talking to God seemed disrespectful.

The inspiration I received from the words in that book changed my prayer life forever. It, too, has a special place on my bookshelf.

These books that hold so much meaning for me were written in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Yet they are still so very special to me today – in the year 2010. How satisfying it must be for authors to realize that their words on the page helped trigger personal growth in someone’s life.

As a writer, I pray that some day, some where, some how, I will write some words that inspire someone to change their life for the better…words they will carry with them throughout their life.


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Virgil Youngblood 05/28/10
And you have. This article contains sign-posts that point the careful reader to sources of help and inspiration. Well written.
Connie Dixon05/30/10
I like your unique angle on this topic. Your message is true. So much inspiration in so many books. I'm positive you have already touched many lives with your writing. Good job!
AnneRene' Capp 05/30/10
So enjoyed traveling the touched paths of your life through authors with hearts such as ours. Your unique avenue for this topic was chosen and written well.
Brenda Shipman05/31/10
I, too, can point to many books on my shelves whose authors have been my mentors through the years - on topics ranging from heartache to homemaking. Good article about your own personal mentors. The power of the written word!