The Independent Reader

Photo courtesy of Karl Lagerfield

Photo courtesy of Karl Lagerfield

In the May 2015 edition of Elle, Chelsea Clinton shared in her recent work she discovered that over half of those who are illiterate across the globe are women and girls. I read that sentence at least three times. My heart sank. In 2015 how is that possible? I don’t know how I would survive without being able to read. I’m not just talking about being able to further my education or employment, but I mean the ability to read books about people who have inspired me, or quotes that have gotten me through a rough patch, scripture that has gotten me through hellish moments, recipes so I could cook and bake for the gatherings of people I love, and so on and so on. The findings of her report reminded me of my privilege of literacy and the opportunities it has afforded me. I’m hoping that as I have used that privilege to learn, heal, help, and serve that perhaps you too can use your privilege of literacy to read some of the following books (along side the Bible) I’ve come across that have helped me to LIVE well and encourage others to do the same. If there is a book not on the list #DaretoShare in the comments below!


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