Comforting Books

The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett

I recently had a couple of weeks of illness which left me often depressed and sleepless at three in the morning. What do I turn to for comfort and help? Not a bottle of pills. A Book!
The best help in times of trouble is, of course, the Bible; but there are many other books I include in my collection of healing words. In just a few chapters, I can feel my muscles relaxing, and my stomach settling down. My headache is forgotten, and my heart is soothed. Then sweetly I am drifting to sleep with lovely thoughts in my head. Here are a few of those magical comforting books:

These are mostly children’s books, because when I’m sick, I want to read something simple and easy that won’t make my head ache.  Nothing upsetting allowed.

1. The Bible – Nothing can compare with a healing Word directly from my Creator to me. “Sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.”
2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett- I am inspired while reading about Colin’s illness and how he finds the courage to force himself to walk again, bolstered by positive thoughts. Every time Mary walks into her garden, I feel that I too am invited to enter a secret garden all my own.
3. The Voyage of Barracks by Stuart Petrie – Soaring around the world in a balloon house is the perfect way to forget my problems.
4. Matilda by Roald Dahl – Following the splendiferous Matilda as she overcomes her circumstances and discovers her true family…. what could be better?!

5.Stuart Little by E.B.White – If a little mouse can show such fortitude and determination, then surely I can be positive about my life too.

6. Knock Three Times! by Marion St. John Webb- Molly and Jack are such close siblings, it reminds me that I have the support of my family too.

7. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – Three delightful orphaned sisters learning to dance, make me feel like I am lightly dancing along with them.

8. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome – Siblings camping by a lake and racing their sailboats are sure to make me feel cheerful and energetic again.

9. Jack and Jill by Lousia May Alcott –  A story of a brave young girl confined to her bed by illness make my own illness easier to bear.

10. Eight Cousins by L. M. Alcott – This rambunctious family makes me laugh, and Rose’s struggle with her delicate health is beautifully handled.

11. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame – This is such a comfortable book! Every cozy chapter invites you to share a cup of tea and curl up in a blanket.

12. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – Bilbo has such a simplistic and comfy outlook on life, and after all his adventures, he comes home to be comfy again.

13. The Rescuers by Margery Sharp – I just love stories about mice! Tiny little guys running around doing great deeds make for wonderful books.

What are your favorite comforting books?  Let me know in the comments!

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