We may not give much thought to the well-being of our Earth as we do on Earth Day, though it’s important that on the other 364 days of the year we do our part to keep her clean and in the best shape we can. In honor of this year’s Earth Day, here are 5 books that will help us celebrate our beautiful planet.
Pielou’s passion and dedication towards the world’s fresh water supply is outstanding. A great work focused primarily on the prominent relationship between the Earth’s fresh water supply and all living organisms.
Abdel Kader Haidara had just gotten home to Timbuktu. Things were not the same as he had left them. An enemy force was occupying his city, and he knew he had to take immediate action. He had to plan the most daring heist he had ever accomplished.
Over the next eight months, with the aid of relatives, colleagues, and like minded individuals, he secreted his cargo to safe houses around the city. The rate at which they moved the cargo was amazing. Some 50 to 80 metal and wooden trunks per day. When the trunks weren’t available they used oil barrels. Hundreds of packers, drivers, and couriers would work to pull this off. Cargo was smuggled over land and water, past enemy checkpoints and suspicious soldiers.
This sounds like some blockbuster movie, but it’s not. It’s the story of how Abdel Kader Haidara saved thousands of texts from al Qaeda. In April of 2012, Haidara came back from a business trip and found that the Malian army had fallen and al Qaeda was now occupying Timbuktu. Haidara was worried that they would destroy the ancient texts, so he took action.
He made an amazing effort to protect some incredibly rare texts including an:
“Irregularly shaped Quran from the 12th century, written on parchment made from the dried skin of a fish and glittering with illuminated blue Arabic letters and droplets of gold.”
He saved books of poetry and mathematics. Books on surgery and occult sciences. Even books about intellectual inquiry that the jihadists would want to destroy.
For funding, he used money that had been put in savings for him to study English at Oxford. When he explained his plight and mission to the foundation that was funding his study they released the money in three days.
From the time al Qaeda began their occupation in April 2012 to when the French invaded in January 2013, only 4,000 manuscripts had been destroyed out of nearly 400,000. Haidara successfully saved a large portion of ancient history.
He is particularly proud of one specific manuscript that he was able to save. It’s an ancient text written by a Sufi holy warrior and intellectual. This text discusses “conflict resolution between the kingdoms of Borno and Sokoto.” What is even more interesting is that the writer, according to Haidara, was jihadist in the original sense of the word:
“One who struggles against evil ideas, desires and anger in himself and subjugates them to reason and obedience to God’s commands.”
Haidara was key in making sure the destruction of history by al Qaeda was minimal. See, even librarians can be heroes.
Thanks to crafty sites such as Pinterest and WeHeart It, channeling our creative energy into engaging arts and crafts projects has become easier than ever. Maybe you’re an undiscovered Picasso or just a regular person who loves putting glitter all over things. Either way, these books will satisfy your inventive talents.
Children, as well as adults, of all ages will greatly appreciate the opportunity to make musical instruments out of regular things around the house. Rock On!
I hope you are able to get a few great ideas from these DIY books. Remember, crafts are supposed to ease stress, not add to it. Focus on enjoying yourself, rather than trying to get the buttons on exactly right. Let us know what you make!
D News explains the science behind ‘speed reading’ to see if it is actually a real thing! Think you’re a speed reader? You might be! Check out this video to see what’s going on in your brain when you read.
On Twitter, the pound sign (or hash) turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows you to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. So, if you wanted to post about the Breaking Bad finale, you would include#BreakingBad in your tweet to join the conversation. Click on a hashtag to see all the posts that mention the subject in real time. (Mashable)
In short, as explained in the video below, a hashtag allows us to “filter down the overflow of online content and find people who share the same interest as you.”
Is there any book hashtag etiquette you need to know about?
When hashtagging, it’s best to just use common sense. In other words, don’t be freakin’ annoying. Instagram allows you to put up to 30 hashtags per post! But do you need to use them all? Maybe not… OK. Probably not. Definitely not.
Twitter discourages “abuse” of hashtags, and while there are no limits that we could find for hashtagging on the other platforms, it’s safe to assume that most people like a targeted approach rather than hashtag spamming. So use prudently and read up on hashtag etiquette.
Now that you know how awesomely useful hashtags are, here are the best ones out there for readers and book lovers.
#AmReading — Duh! Of course we’ll put this one first! #AmReading is “this is what I’m reading.”
#BookLovers – Used by authors, publishers, and anyone who wants to discuss or sell a book.
#BookClub — Still more, but tends toward intellectualism.
#BookNerd — One of the more eclectic Instagram book tags.
#BookPorn — Warm and fuzzy pics of books and people reading.
BONUS: Special Interest
You can find people who love the same writers, authors, and topics you love. A great way to learn about new books, clubs you can join, and more. Here are just a few examples and ideas to get the wheels rolling, but the list is endless.
Get the idea? If you’ve thought of it, others probably have, too!
BONUS: Specific genre hashtags for book lovers
You can plug any genre into a hashtag search and find people who are reading what you love to read.
Some are fascinated by museums. Some by ancient, historic sites. You may love all of these, though there are a few places that have a firm grip on a bibliophile’s soul: Bookstores. If the trip to your favorite one has recently become slightly dull, check these treasures out. They’ll reignite your affection towards your most cherished book sellers.
Clay Jannon is in for the career change of his life. Suddenly, after years of working as a web-designer, the Great Recession ushers him into working for the infamous Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. (How amazing would a 24-hour bookstore be? Well..maybe not for the employees.) However, soon Clay realizes that, perhaps, not everything is as simple as it appears and maybe there are secrets behind this bookstore that are prominent to be kept.
We may not always get the answers we’re looking for in life, though we can sometimes find pieces of those puzzles in books. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is one of those one in a million tales that will stay with every person who picks it up. Surely, it will affect everyone differently. Some more heavily than others, although, it reminds us all how much saving power the books we read have over our lives.
Winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize, People of the Book is a great historical adventure that is bound to have an emotional grasp on the reader. The story follows an Australian rare-book researcher, Hanna Heath, who discovers a vast array of small ancient items that could potentially be the key to solving a huge book mystery. Other great adventures by this acclaimed author include: The Secret Chord and March.
A tale like no other, this novel tells of the adventures of a traveling bookstore, Paranassus. Simply because it is a plot that has not been touched before, I believe it is worth checking out. If you enjoy this novel, check out the sequel, The Haunted Bookshop.
Reporter Jeremy Mercer’s ordinary entrance into Shakespeare and Co., a Canadian book embarks him on an expedition that he’ll never forget. Sooner than later, Jeremy finds himself speaking candidly with the staff, and eventually taking up residence directly above the store. You never know where this story is going to take you, and that may be the reason why it’s gotten a 3.8 rating on Goodreads.
Great picture book that is all book enthusiasts should own. You read that right, every single book lover should at least read this book once. It’s an innocent and precious perspective on a man’s passionate devotion to stories and the endowment of words.
Happy and relishing in her newfound romantic freedom, Helen MacFarquhar is beside herself when an anonymous love letter arrives at her bookstore in a small town in New England. If you enjoyed Letters to Juliet by Lise Friedman, you will fall head over heels in love with this mysterious love story. Cathleen is also the author of The Evolution of Jane, a story about repairing the sacred bond of a broken friendship.
Monsieur Perdu views his bookstore has a hospital for those hurt by life’s bullets. He has devoted his time, books, and love to his cherished customers, though when it comes to mending himself, he falls short. Nina George does a wonderful job in proving how much of an impact stories can have.
Wendy Welch tells an entertaining story of how life turned upside down when she and her husband had the opportunity to achieve their dream: opening their own bookshop. With book businesses all around them failing and the emergence of what some call the “death of the book,” this couple took a chance and stuck with it. Most, definitely, it paid off.
Author Suzanne Strempek tells of her experience working at a close friend’s bookshop. Among her already having published Hoopi Shoopi Donna, Selling the Lite of Heaven, and Lily of the Valley, Shea proves that, when it comes to books and the art of story-telling, one can never learn enough and one can also never visit too many bookshops.
Ex-GI Stuart Brent, though incredibly upbeat, may not be the first person you might expect to own a bookstore. However, he defies those stereotypes and tells the story of how he took his deep love for reading and established a spectacular bookstore in Chicago, Illinois, The Seven Stairs. Sadly, after 50 years, Brent was forced to close his beloved bookstore.
Harriet Hatfield is a true literary heroine. She defies serious odds in both the freedom of sexual orientation, in addition to opening the first bookstore for women near Boston, MA. The idea strikes Harriet after the heartbreaking loss of her partner, Vickie and the world does not let up in the slightest. She is ruthlessly attacked by newspapers and anti-equality groups, though she utilizes this to her advantage. Instead of collapsing underneath the prejudice, Harriet begins to educate herself in any and everything, thus emerging into a woman you really don’t want to, intellectually, mess with. A great story of the perseverance of a gentle soul.
This sweepingly intense story follows Joe Goldberg as he obessively follows Guinevere Beck. Set in the comforting chaos of New York City, it would be fair to say that Joe has stalker tendencies, though you can’t help but feel for him a small bit. His sharp tongue and unapologetic observations may prevent some readers from connecting to him, though the story overall is, nevertheless, one of a kind.
The corresponding war letters between the married owners of a small bookshop, Heywood and Annie Hill as Heywood was sent off to fight in World War Two. A great insight into the realities of what this young couple faced as the world was facing a frightening, uncertain future.
Thought-provoking account on how the placement of books in our society have changed dramatically through century after century. Raven’s book focuses on the years 1450 to 1850. I would recommend this if you are really wanting to dive into the back history of the literary world.
Kitty Miller has a good life. She’s young, single, and owns a bookshop with her best friend. But, out of the blue, Kitty begins experiencing very vivid, life-like dreams. She has everything she could possibly want in these dreams: a loving husband, well-behaved children, and supportive friends. With each dream sequence, it is becoming more difficult for Kitty to distinguish what is real and what is fiction. A 1960’s story that is sure to make the reader question what a ‘perfect life’ really is.
In our society, usually, when you tell someone that you love books, they instantly think… many things that aren’t necessarily true for all readers. Check out these 3 myths and let us know if you’ve ever been automatically placed in these categories.
1. We’re All Introverts
On the contrary. People assume that because reading is such a solitary activity (it doesn’t always have to be but I’ll get to that later) that readers prefer to be by themselves. Sure, it’s relaxing to sit back after a long day and get lost in a different atmosphere, though that doesn’t mean readers don’t enjoy interacting with others. Without our different personalities, some introverted, some extroverted, some ambiverts, we surely wouldn’t have as interesting of a world.
2. We Don’t Have Other Hobbies
It’s obvious that the literary world holds a very special place in our hearts. Some of us, if we could, would spend a majority of our free time intrigued by a great story. Likewise with everything in life, however, there needs to be a healthy balance. Reading and writing seem to go hand in hand and the later has proven to be another great stress reliever. Don’t think you ever have to limit yourself to one hobby. Take up whatever interests you.
3. We Don’t Like People
Sure, it may be easier to deal with a fictional character rather than a real-life human at times, but that, by no means, suggests we don’t richly enjoy relationships in our lives. We do. It, true, if there’s one thing we love more than reading, it’s being able to discuss with other book enthusiasts our love of reading. Even if reading isn’t your thing, it doesn’t mean you’ll get the back burner in regards to our relationship with you. We love you as you are, just as you love us as we are. People don’t have to love the exact same things or enjoy the same types of hobbies to be able to form a close companionship. Bookworms have some of the biggest, loving hearts out there because we have lived so many lives. We’ve felt the true depth of emotion in a vast array of stories. If anything, I believe, this helps us connect to all different types of people.
These were just a few myths I had observed and took note of in my own life. Whether you love reading or hate it, I hope you gained a new/better perspective of yourself/those around you who read. We don’t bite! (Unless you touch our books without permission)
If you’re on this site, chances are that you’re already a reader and don’t need to be reminded of the top five benefits of reading. But pass this on to someone who needs convincing. Yes, there are still people out there who need convincing!
By making the choice to click on this article, you’ve decided to essentially give up on trying to curve your obsession with all things book-related. (Or, you could be a lovely person looking for a gift for your bookworm buddy. How nice of you.) Either way, I’m glad you’re here! Among these 12 items you’ll surely find the new perfect thing you can show off to your non-reader friends. I mean, it’s not like we’re clandestinely trying to encourage them to read more right? (Wink)
I’m not at all surprised that someone thought of this and put their blood, sweat and tears into making them. Perfect for the Harry Potter fanatic in your life. (It’s totally okay if that’s you. Treat Yo Self!) Also, if these cushions aren’t your cup of tea but you’re still a Potter lover, check out this awesome Hogwarts Pillow Cover.
It’s true, tattoos may not be for everyone but they sure can be fun to look at! I’ve compiled 20 tattoos related to reading that I thought may deepen your love for books even more. Perhaps, you may even be tempted to get one after checking these out!
Good days, bad days, ehhh days. They all come without warning. Fortunately though, we have these wonderful, humorous literary works to bring even the tiniest of smiles to our faces. May they shed some light on your day, no matter what kind you’re having.
Beloved comedian Mindy Kaling keeps it 100 with us as she invites readers into her compelling mind. With advice on what constitutes a good best friend to unfiltered opinions on the realities of being a woman of color in Hollywood, we can count on Miss Kaling to remind us that even if you’re rich and famous, life is still a crazy rollercoaster. You can also check out Mindy’s equally as awesome books, Questions I Ask When I Want To Talk About Myself, Matt and Ben, and her newest work, Why Not Me?
Gretchen Rubin is just like you and me. You’ll feel like you’re on a wellness journey with her as she chronicles the whirlwind, though positively transformative year where she simply tried to be happy everyday. If you’re a Winston Churchill lover or in the mood to learn more about the man behind the vastly complex life, check out Rubin’s other book, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life.
Who didn’t love Amy as Regina George’s ostentatious mom in Mean Girls? Or as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation? Filled with personal stories and advice on parenthood, sex, as well as other life experiences, if you didn’t love Ms. Poehler before, you will now.
Quirky, cute, and richly entertaining, this is one that will do you well by carrying it on the go. You never know when you’ll need a small pick-me up. These 14,000 things such as strawberry ice cream and gazing at the newly risen sun will help you remember what makes life worthwhile: the little things.
If you’re being really hard on yourself today, stop it right this second and pick this book up! The author has gathered short stories, quotes and more from widely enjoyed entertainers such as writer/director Judd Apatow, in addition to comedians Sarah Silverman, and Zach Galifiankis that will make you feel all the better. You’ll be so captivated by their unbelievable experiences, you won’t even remember why you were upset in the first place.
Jenny is basically the girl next door. Who happened to grow up in a small town in Texas. As she speaks on her awkward teenage years, you’ll reminisce about your own. As she authentically, though humorously, talks about her marriage, it’ll make you envision and ponder your own. Ultimately, Jenny brings us back to this truth: the things we most want to forget are sometimes the very things that define us. If you cannot get enough of Jenny, check out her second and most recent work: Furiously Happy, in which she provides a witty and vulnerable account of her battle with anxiety and depression.
Now, it’s not everyday where we think about the emotions of our coloring utensils. Today is the day to do just that! In this thoroughly light-hearted adventure, author Drew Daywalt takes us away from our blah adult troubles, into a world where you’ll weirdly start to wonder if maybe everything inanimate understands what you’re going through. Fun for all ages!
We can all rest our souls. Our favorite ladies man from How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson, gives us access on how his womanizing ways have served him well. Now, I don’t think it’s meant to be taken too seriously but to my guys out there, I’ll leave it up to you if you want to take notes. (Wink)
Think your day couldn’t get any worse? Meet Alexander. Your feelings are totally valid, but trust me, after reading about his day, you’ll agree, it really was a terrible, horrible, no good and…just very bad day. Of all the bad days, Alexander’s takes the cake.
Ove is an older gentleman who doesn’t have the greatest reputation for being one. He’s stuck in his ways, speaks his mind, and if you offered your opinion there’s a high chance he might tell you to stick it somewhere unconventional. When a young couple unexpectedly moves in next door, what begins as a group of bitter feelings on Ove’s end, turns into a beautiful and touching friendship. A sweet story of loss, loneliness, and friendship.
Raise your hand if you feel like you’re totally winging this life thing. Ron Culberson understands and he’s here to help. Not like the usual self-help book, this one provides an interesting perspective that doesn’t put too much pressure on having an action plan. It teaches us the right way to plan what we can and how to adapt to what doesn’t go according to script. All the while ensuring we enjoy the ride all the way.
Maybe, just maybe, we should accept the fact that cats will eventually take over the world. Forget about the zombie apocalypse. We should all begin begging for meowcy now. You’ll get way more than a few giggles out of this one. Poetic souls these kitties have.
No more sitting around blankly staring at your phone or tablet. We now have a guide that has revolutionized the way we look at our boredom. Now, what are you still doing here? Go have some serious fun!
Wonderful tales from the life and career of Tina Fey. How could that not be interesting? I would highly recommend Tina’s book for those who are also fans of Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Margaret Cho.
There is something very calming about the works of Shel Silverstein. He makes you feel like you’re writing the story and sometimes we just need an escape from a world where we don’t have much control to a world where we do. Nothing beats a good poem.
These books are guaranteed to give you the happy feels. Whoever said you can’t buy happiness, must not have been a bookworm. I hope you enjoyed reading through these book suggestions!
I think reading slumps are just one of the cons that come along with being such an avid reader. They usually happen when you read a lot of the same genre back to back or finish a series and can’t imagine reading anything better than what you finished. Don’t fear though! Here are a few books that are bound to get your book-loving heart up and pumping again.
This is the first book in the author’s CRANK Trilogy, loosely based off of the drug abuse her own daughter faced. Ellen Hopkins’ books are written in free verse which makes for a smooth, though intriguing read because you’re dying to see what the next page brings.
The first book in an action packed series, follows teenager Charlie West who, when he awakens, finds himself strapped down to a chair and covered in bruises. He doesn’t remember a thing. All he knows is that he doesn’t have much time to figure it out. He’s a wanted man and they’ll stop at nothing to kill him.
This American classic set in the Roaring Twenties brings together an intriguing array of characters. Whether you’ve read it before or have never had the opportunity, it’s a story that, with each time you read it, you gain a different, perhaps deeper, perspective.
Now, hear me out. Yes, this is a teenage love story but it is not the usual sappy, high school romance type(though there’s nothing wrong with that). Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself a romantic, I encourage you to pick this one up. Hazel and Gus, the main characters, are not your average teens. In fact, their medical circumstances force them to face what we all may sometimes avoid thinking about: death. I can see this one becoming a new classic in the next 20 years or so. Get your tissues ready.
Those were just a few novels to, hopefully, bring you out of your reading funk. If you stay in your slump longer than expected, don’t worry! It’s awesome to let our brains actually take a small vacation for a bit. You’ll be back on your bookshelf before you know it. What are some things you do to get yourself out of a reading slump?
Every now and then, we all fall into our own lazy routines. Whether it be because of life’s stressors or a lack of ‘me time,’ laziness is bound to seduce even the most disciplined. Here are some books that’ll offer some motivation.
With a gentle, yet powerful narration, author Michael A. Singer reminds us how even though we may not be able to control what happens to us, we CAN control how we react. He is also the author of a similar motivational work, The Surrender Experiment.
Though the story is purely fictional, acclaimed Brazilian author Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist is easily one of the world’s most popular books. It follows a young shepherd, Santiago, as he embarks on a mythical trip of self-discovery. This allegorical novel will leave you wondering if you are really following the dreams you desire.
Psychotherapist Amy Morin brings to light the importance of strengthening our mental and emotional muscles, just like we do our physical ones. The tools and tips she has included in her book are bound to have you walking away feeling even a little bit more encouraged than before.
It is inevitable that we’ll all experience hardship throughout our lives. All we can do is try to make the best of our situations. Ryan Holiday helps us change our perspective on our troubles, and ultimately recognize how they can work to our advantage.
Are you reaching your highest potential? Herbert J. Greenberg tells his personal story to author Patrick Sweeney, about pushing past the adversity of losing his sight. Both men incorporate the importance of psychology and the effect it has our motivation levels.
Sometimes, all we need are a few quick words of positivity to get us back on our feet and this is exactly what author Norman Vincent Peale brings us. This self-help classic has transformed minds all around the world. Don’t underestimate the power that controlling your thoughts can have on your life.
Who doesn’t love a good quote or two? Lisa Congdon did all the work for us and gathered them all together, now all we have to do is read them and smile!
I hope you enjoyed reading through this list of encouraging books. Remember, everyone has their lazy slumps and sometimes we deserve to kick back! Just like with everything else in life, the key is balance. Don’t sell yourself short on what you can accomplish.
Local kids from Santa Paula, California have taken up a hobby that’s both cute and beneficial to them and their fellow furry friends. S.P.A.R.C., also known as the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center have thought of the wonderful idea for kids to read to the animals. It allows the kids to be able to work on their reading comprehension skills, while giving the animals the comfort of a human presence. I couldn’t think of better reading buddies!
Some of the most classic stories that have been written are actually children’s books. These books serve as a way to not only entertain and put children to sleep, but to capture the interest of the child and encourage them to learn how to read. That means that the plot of these children’s books need to be riveting, entertaining, and educational. Books can be complex in terms of the content being age appropriate where the kid can read the book on their own or having the parent read to their child. Sometimes this means that there may be content that could be misconstrued as adult humor as opposed to something else completely innocent. Kids’ books are meant to not only teach kids how to read, but also help them learn how to deal with situations that will help them grow into well-rounded adults. But sometimes authors will take liberties and purposely be inappropriate, while making jobs that go over the kids’ heads while making their parents laugh, or be royally angry. Thanks to the Internet, these inappropriate kids books have found a new exposure to the public and are now being purchased by families all over the world. From sexually transmitted diseases, innuendos, slang terms for curse words that are outdated, and more, these kids books should have never made it onto the shelves of our local libraries. It would be interesting to examine whether these books had an impact on the child psyche and if maybe these books contributed to early mental illness due to trauma.
It’s easy to post a nasty review on the internet, but it’s important to remember that authors have feelings too. We’ve asked some of your favorite authors to read a few of their meaner reviews from Amazon and Goodreads. These authors of magic, mayhem, and mystery take on their greatest challenge yet: 1 star Amazon reviews.
I was recently recommended a book about eating vagina. No, not by an ex. That would have been rude. By a friend of mine who’s thoroughly interested in the art of oral sex performance. The book’s called “She Comes First” by Ian Kerner. Here are some things I learnt from the book
1. Men Are Selfish Lovers Compared To Women
It’s in the title. “She comes first.” Have some consideration for your sexual partner. Everyone deserves an orgasm. It’s courteous. To men, penal gratification is the end of sex when it shouldn’t be.
2. Ignorance Of The Clitoris Is A Man’s Biggest Mistake
I had no idea how important the clit was until I read this book. It’s absolutely vital when it comes to stimulating ladies. Of course, half of the task is actually finding the damn thing. It’s really well hidden, but it’s worth the search. 70% of women have an orgasm from clitoral stimulation alone.
That’s more than enough motivation to go on your treasure hunt for the clit. It has 8000 nerve endings (Twice as many as the penis) and is divided up into 18 parts. It’s sole use is for pleasure.
3. Being Born With A Small Penis Isn’t The End Of The World
If you were dealt a short hand at birth so what? As far as I’m aware, God blessed most people with tongues right? According to the author of this book, you can make up for not being hugely endowed, by performing oral sex on a woman.
4. The Tongue Is Mightier than The Sword
No matter how amazing you think you are in bed, it pales you’re nothing without your tongue. Women reported that they reached orgasm 25% of the time from intercourse alone. They also reported that they reached orgasm 81% of the time with tongue action alone.
5. Blind, Aggressive Rubbing Does Nothing For Nobody
Admit it. You’ve done it before. Opening up your palm and just rubbing blindly in the pubic region hoping you’re doing something right. There’s a chance you may get it right, but there’s also a chance you could be annoying her to pieces. Take time to find the clitoris, and then play with that varying between fast and slow.
Depending on what you think of sexual help books, this book can be incredibly enlightening or incredibly awkward. The author himself, Ian Kerner, struggled with premature ejaculation and so changed the focus of his sexual activity from penal to oral. He claims it’s turned his sexual life around. Whatever your thoughts on the book are, you can certainly learn a thing or two from it.
Diet books aren’t a new fad. They’ve been around for ages. Though the specific methods have changed drastically, the intent stated in all of them is the same: to be a trimmer, healthier human being. Some, however, take it to a whole new level.
I stumbled upon a vintage evangelical cookbook that takes it to a higher level than even the worst of the worst. C.S. Lovett’s book “Help Lord — The Devil Wants Me Fat,’ which was published in 1977, reaches for the heavens.
The entire book was written around “a spiritual approach to a trim and attractive body.” Fine and good. As my readers know, I’m a Christian, and I do believe that anything I want to change in my life can never be hurt by prayer. But this book? It goes beyond the shockingly inappropriate title. The author truly, genuinely, sincerely believed that the devil is the cause of obesity and overweight.
I don’t own the book (oh my how I want to!), so I took passages from the book from another writer who reviewed it, Alan Scherstuhl of Pitch.com.
“The idea of being starved didn’t originate with your stomach. It came from your MIND. It was SATAN’S IDEA. How do we know? A healthy body doesn’t begin to starve until it has gone 40 days without food.” (page 37)
The author of the book believed that it’s not our fault at all if we’re overweight. Now, we support this view in that we know that many people have predisposed genetics and medical conditions that make weight loss challenging. We also know people who have gained weight because of certain medications. So yes, for many people, it’s not their fault.
Where we differ from Mr. Lovett, however, is where the blame lies. He didn’t look at medication, genetics, medical conditions, or even lifestyle as the cause for overweight. He genuinely believed that Satan is doing this to people.
Instead, it’s the result of something much simpler: your helplessness as Satan, the very embodiment of evil, personally reaches out to take command of your appetites.
As Lovett puts it, the devil has “unleashed an army of glutton demons on American Christians.” Lovett calls food “the most subtle way the devil gets us to defile our bodies” and writes “We head for the cupboard or refrigerator without realizing that we’re OBEYING THE DEVIL. From his stronghold he sits back and beams.”
Lovett called food temptation “fiery darts.” At this critical time, you just have to stand up to the devil, once and for all!
“You’re still seated on the sofa. Don’t get up. Close your eyes if you wish. That usually helps when addressing someone in your imagination. Very quickly now …
‘Satan, in the name of Jesus go away. I know what you’re up to, but I don’t need any food. Take your suggestion and get away from me, for it is written My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.’
Wow! Does that catch him by surprise! He’s stunned!”
And then there is the fatal weapon, the one thing that is the “most powerful attack we can make against the FOOD JERICHO Satan has built in our minds.” Fasting. Not eating. Which apparently can be fun.
“A ten-day fast can be FUN — if you do it with Lord Jesus.”
Fun, I tell you! And the body is smarter than doctors, anyhow.
“Satan doesn’t want Christians discovering the awesome power of a spiritual fast.” He explains that “well meaning friends and doctors … will not only try to KEEP YOU FROM FASTING, but invariably they will try to get you to break it.” He reminds us, “Since God designed the body for fasting, it is far wiser for the believer to take God’s Word on it over the theories of doctors. … Besides, the body is SMARTER THAN THE DOCTORS.”
Fasting is a good thing, though, because you get to do other things while your family enjoys dinner.
“Think of all the times your family will be eating and you will be off by yourself. Spend that time with Jesus.”
Part of what we need to do is allow the computer in our brains to take over.
“NOTICE: WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO READ NEXT IS FOR YOUR COMPUTER. THE INFORMATION MUST PASS THROUGH YOUR EYES AND INTO YOUR BRAIN TO GET INTO THE COMPUTER. THEREFORE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS NOT FOR YOUR COMPLIANCE, BUT TO EDUCATE YOUR COMPUTER. SO DON’T REACT AGAINST WHAT YOU READ. YOUR COMPUTER NEEDS THIS INFORMATION IF IT IS TO ASSUME CONTROL OVER YOUR EATING HABITS.”
Here is the cover and back of this handy little booklet.
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Some images from the inside of the book are below.
Many thanks to Pitch.com and Alan Scherstuhl for transcribing this fabulous book for us.
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