A Book for All Time

Our Tuesday fox posed this week’s topic: Have you revisited an old favorite book/movie? How did it change for you as you got older?

There are very few movies or books that I would dub as favorites. I just don’t watch many movies at all, so when I’m asked about my favorites, I struggle to choose one because it takes me so long to remember the ones I’ve seen. Once I watch a movie or television show, I very rarely watch it again. When I watch a show for the second or third time, it’s usually because Whatshisname has forgotten that he’s already seen it, and I’m too lazy to leave the room.

I never re-read a novel. Once I’ve read it, I usually donate or give it away (paper books). Ebooks are opened again only if I’m reading or writing a sequel and want to look up something from the first one. 

So thinking of a story I’ve “lived through” more than once and discussing how it changed for me is a real challenge. I thought perhaps there might be stories I’d read as a child and then read to my children, but then I remembered that once my daughters learned to read, they actually preferred to read the books themselves rather than listen to me read to them. The only books they allowed me to read TO them were the Little Golden Books and some board books and that was a LONG time ago. I haven’t really revisited them, even when my grandchildren were being read to.

I thought I could go with a book series I’d read and then revisited in a television series. But there wasn’t all that much time between the time I read the books and the time I watched the stories unfold on the screen. Other than a few things being changed and other conflicts simplified, it was basically the same experience.

I pondered all day Saturday without coming up with a single idea, and late in the afternoon I finally decided to sleep on it. I closed my laptop and started to prepare for the following day. And as I gathered the things I would need for church service, the answer finally hit me – the one book I’ve referred to since I could read and never stopped learning from is my Bible.

Growing up, my brothers and I attended Sunday School and catechism classes regularly. We also attended youth groups, and in each of those settings we learned Bible verses and were immersed in the stories within. I remember learning all the “Thou shalt nots” and warnings about punishments, and as a young girl I guess I viewed these rules in a negative light. It wasn’t until I got to my final years of high school that I realized that the Good Book holds so much positivity, hopefulness, and cheer. These are the promises I hold close, while adhering to the directions given. It’s no longer simply a Book of Rules, it’s a Book of Happiness, and that’s what keeps me smiling.


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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5 Responses to A Book for All Time

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Love this quote: “When I watch a show for the second or third time, it’s usually because Whatshisname has forgotten that he’s already seen it, and I’m too lazy to leave the room.”
    Made me LOL.
    As you have possibly guessed, I’m a real movie nut. So it shouldn’t be difficult for me to whip out a list of a couple dozen films that I’ve watched over and over. The book part will be more of a challenge.
    That said, I love your selection — and certainly God’s Holy Word is a marvelous source of faith, hope, courage, strength, truth, and comfort.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I do enjoy your analyses of vintage movies, but not enough to search them out and watch. I’ll be interested to see how your views have changed over the years. It’s interesting how that happens!


  2. As with Jeff,I am a BIG movie fan. We have too many DVDs and especially since The HUsband retired, we have watched many movies; he’s also discovered the $1 clearance DVDs at Half-Price Books. You have a fuller life and can be more active, but even when I was more active, I always loved movies. All of my family are movie lovers.
    I am glad that you found more in the Bible. I grew up without it. When I delved in at about 19-20, well, you have no idea. Something new can be found each time. (The Husband reads the Bible and other books more than he watches movies.)


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      We collected VHS tapes and then DVDs, but when we saw how much dust they collected we got rid of them. And yes, it’s interesting how each reading of the same Bible verses can bring forth new knowledge and inspiration.


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    That’s the very best book of all.

    Liked by 1 person

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