By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Seven books sit vertically on my writing desk available and ready for quick retrieval:
J.I. Rodale's "The Word Finder"
Unger & White's "Vine Expository"
Matthew Henry's Commentary
Dale Carnegie's "Public Speaking"
Tony Robbin's "Awaken the Giant Within"
 Webster's Dictionary
KJV Bible
These particular books are a steady source of instruction and inspiration to me;
 not a day goes by without at least two of them being utilized.
The authors provoke, challenge, and inspire.
The books instruct, teach, and ignite.
 A companion of wise men, I'm seated with the best, and I've a deep respect for the comrades I've chosen.
Beside my books sits an 8x11 silver framed quote; a gift from my husband during a painful and unforgettable season of life.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
-Teddy Roosevelt
The quote grows more compelling and provoking with time.
My red-checkered book bag is filled with library books ready for return and replacement situated on the floor by my feet.
Andrew Jackson, Nelly Bly, Harry Houdini, John Hancock, and Chief Joseph need rest and must go home. They've engaged me wonderfully this past week and inspired and sparked sensational thought. I'm grateful for their companionship ... appreciative of time with them.
"Reads" with new authors provoke countless discoveries and expose the mind to new ideas, adventures, and undertakings.
Books are safe companions and the library, a safe institution; where the mind can devour, discover, and explore that which it is hungry for.
Mmmm ...
For the love of books.
"I grabbed my book and opened it up. I wanted to smell it. I wanted to kiss it. Yes, kiss it. That's right, I am a book kisser. Maybe that's kind of perverted or maybe it's just romantic and highly intelligent."
-Sherman Alexie