By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

While I appreciate visual effects and stimuli, I'm very much an auditory person.
I tend to remember a "voice" over a face,
a "name" over a place;
a "word" over a look,
a "conversation" over a nook,
and always, always, always ...
a book.
I'm interested in what's being read and how it's being said.
I'm interested in what's being learned,
 and what's being thought about.
I'm interested in the development of thought,
 and "words" are forever being caught by this ear of mine.
I'm a "word" addict ...
I appreciate originality, a touch of eccentricity, and a definitive exchange of mental electricity.
Books create fuel in me and are my go-to, run-to, how-to, avenue for self-improvement, growth, and challenge.
I appreciate honest conversations about weighty matters and find myself annoyed and irritated by surface conversation broaching nothing more than weather patterns and minor matters.
Rrrrr ... and really?
Is it possible to feel alive and satisfied on a diet of mediocrity composed of "string bean" conversation?
Hmmm ...
"Book talk" is good thought and colored chalk to the mind.
It's decent exposure to a wide variety of subjects presenting challenge, change, and well-ordered conversation.
Books refine the mind and define the thoughts.
Books better the soul and bring rejuvenation to the mind and spirit.
All kinds of books ....
"I cannot live without my books,"
asserted the curious, brilliant Thomas Jefferson whom I admire, applaud, and study.
And while we're on the subject of books,  
one book stands entirely alone:
The written word of God, which is the absolute authority over man;
the book of promise, provision, and protection.
The book of relationship, courtship, and friendship with God;
the book that brings meaning to life and breath into everything we do.
Mmmm ...
The Author who composed it is in possession of my heart, and He made yours too.
He drives me crazy on matters that I don't understand and matters I wish I understood better.
And I like it when conversations speak to Him and speak about Him.
I'm in love with the God of the Universe;
 the God who created my soul,
the God who knit me together in my mother's womb.
I believe that God will do what He says on a timeline of His determining and deciding.
I believe that God is worthy of any battle I fight and that, in the end, my relationship "with" Him determines everything in this life and the life to come.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."
-Jim Elliott
Well spoken words worth pondering, Jim!
Delve into some good "reads" and formulate a plan for the New Year that involves an investment in words that matter, dear seeker.
And if you have a moment ...
drop me a line and share "what" you're reading,
what you're learning,
and when you desire conversation over a cup of coffee with me.
To new books and a New Year ...
Let a new page begin.
"So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth; it shall not return unto Me voice but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereunto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:11