I myself was always recognized, though quite kindly, as ‘the slow one’ of the family. The reactions of my mother and my sister were unusually quick—I could never keep up. I was, too, very inarticulate. It was always difficult for me to assemble into words what I wanted to say….It is probably one of the causes that have made me a writer.
How I smiled when I discovered this quotation. Agatha Christie, shy? Inarticulate, even? But she was one of the best-selling authors of all time. She was anything but ‘slow.’
In this busy social media age, when an author is supposed to tweet and blog and be everywhere and all that (for one must be building a platform), how refreshing it is to remember that there is no one mold to break.
As we’ve been celebrating Robin Helm’s release of Forever Yours, I’ve been thinking about how variety is an excellent thing, both in friendship and in reading.
A blessed companion is a book, a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend…
a book that, at a touch, pours its heart into our own.
Every writer has obstacles to overcome. Christie has given me countless hours of reading pleasure, and her books are like friends. How thankful I am that, like so many of us, she had financial needs. And that she was able to get past feeling ‘inarticulate’ and write that first book. And the next, and the next.
Except a living man there is nothing more wonderful than a book!
A message to us from the dead, from human souls whom we never saw,
who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these,
on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us,
open their hearts to us as brothers.
Speaking of books, don’t miss Robin’s book giveaway. To enter, simply post a comment here before May 11, 2015.