If I were to write a New Year’s Resolution, it would be: TO START READING AGAIN! But since I never keep the resoultions I make, I didn’t. As I am feeling more settled into married life, for instance, Jeff and I are finally at the point where we don’t always have to be in the same room together… I’m regretting that I haven’t given reading any part of my life for the last year. So, renewed with my passion for reading, I went to the local used bookstore last week and happily discovered a true gem.
I have not been able to put down Lenten Lands. I am utterly captivated by the beautiful story telling of C.S. Lewis’s stepson Douglas Gresham. The writing is nearly perfect with an overwhelming honesty and emotional openness. I was expecting the “inside scoop” to what life was like in C.S. Lewis’s home but instead found an incredible story about a broken home, struggle, and love. I have been so impressed with the reality described in the book. But that’s not all.
Halfway through reading the book, my curiosity prompted me to turn to the title page where I found this inscription:
“To Marjorie. God bless you. Douglas Gresham.”
A signed copy!
And then, tucked in the pages of the book was a yellowed bookmark, which I nearly threw away until I noticed writing on the back. It’s filled with encouragements to Marjorie from some set of friends. “Praying for you Marjorie,” “God be with you and your family,” “No loss is easy but take comfort in knowing you will see her again.” Such a sad story! Who is Marjorie? How did she end up with a signed copy of Lenten Lands? Who died? What made Marjorie turn in this book and its accompanying kind bookmark to Mr. K’s Books?
For $3, I think I found priceless gem.