“Nothing better, indeed, can happen to us than to lose interest in a book we
have often read; for it means that it has done its work upon us, and brought us
up to its level, and taught us all it had to teach.”—Henry Drummond
befall us. It is to have a new influ-
ence pouring itself into our life, a
new teacher to inspire and refine
us, a new friend to be by our side
. . . . Whether . . . it be [biography,
history, or poetry], or story-books,
or religious books, or science, no
one can become the friend even of
one good book without being made
wiser and better. . . . And we must
each taste the books that are acces-
sible to use for ourselves. Do not be
disheartened at first if you like none
of them. That is possibly their fault,
not yours. But search, and search
till you find what you like. . . . Do
not be distressed if you do not like
time-honored books, or classical
works, or recommended books. . . .
We have all different minds, and we
are all at different stages of growth.
Some other day we may find food in
a recommended book, though we
should possibly starve on it today.
The mind develops and changes,
and the favorites of this year, also,
may one day cease to interest us.
Nothing better, indeed, can happen
to us than to lose interest in a book
we have often read; for it means
that it has done its work upon us,
and brought us up to its level, and
taught us all it had to teach.
1. James Stuart Bell, ed., From the Library of C. S.
Lewis (Shaw Books), 2004, page 311.
2. Amy Carmichael, Gold Cord: The Story of a Fellowship (Christian Literature Crusade), 1999.
3. Michael R. Phillips, ed., Knowing the Heart of
God (Bethany House), 1989.
4. Chesterton, G. K. All Things Considered. London:
Methuen, 1908, 1915.
5. SurLaLune Fairy Tales, www.surlalunefairytales
6. C. S. Lewis, “Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say
Best What’s to Be Said,” Of Other Worlds (
Mariner Books), 2002.
7. Henry Drummund, Addresses (Henry Alte-mus), 1893, books.google.com/books/about/
So, fall in love with a good book, and
teach your children to do the same. You’ll
be glad you did, and they will too.
Sarah Rees lives in Crestview, Florida,
with her husband David and son Jadon.
When Sarah’s not housekeeping or taking
care of the baby, she’s usually making stuff
to sell on Etsy, blogging, or getting ready
for her next hike with her husband. Check
out her blog at makingdoblog.wordpress
.com. Porcelain painting is featured in one
Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/unwhite
art, while her love of books finds a creative
outlet in her other Etsy shop: www.etsy