Thankful for Books- The power of the written word and bearing witness…

Among the many reasons to be thankful for books is for the incredible help and support they can be. I am not just talking about being transported elsewhere, another world for awhile. There are many books that can educate and inform you about things you may never have know about. Information can change a life don’t you think?

The Bible, the Torah, and the Quran are among just a few of the religious texts of the world that have had huge impact for the enlightenment of the reader.The power of the written word, right there.

Then from personal experience, the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, or the N.A Big Book, have had a huge affect for the betterment of many thousands of peoples lives and will continue to do so. Many people I can think of, (myself among them), have opened that book just to find out we are not alone. The power of the written word, right there.

Elie Wiesel wrote about his experiences during the Holocaust and his time in Auschwitz in Night. It is a horrific story of what happened to the man, and as readers we are bearing witness to what those times were like and should never forget. It is kind of the point of those books, beyond, I would guess, being incredibly cathartic for the person to release those memories. The power of the written word, right there.

Experiences of home life and childhood can be of huge importance to young adults. Take Dave Pelzer‘s book A Child Called It. He writes about the horrific abuse he received as a child and this has had an immense impact on other children to help them realize they are not alone, as well as allowing the rest of us to bear witness to such horrific things and to remember, to perhaps help fight against such things. The power of the written word, right there.

I could continue on for many thousands of words, about many books of empowerment, enlightenment, and  plain bearing witness, and you may even read them all. I am however, interested in your thoughts. The power of your written words.

Your thoughts? Your words?

English: Dr. Mashkevitch and Nobel Peace Prize...

English: Dr. Mashkevitch and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wiesel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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