Part of preparing for being “snowed in” when my family and I lived up in
the North Woods of Wisconsin included a visit to the public library. We
all stocked up on books, including three-year old Timmy’s favorite, “Mop Top,”
and ten-year-old Pammy’s favorite, “Little House on the Prairie.”
Two books I selected were “Beyond Ourselves” by inspirational author, Catherine
Marshall, and “Psycho Cybernetics,” by surgeon Maxwell Maltz. Both were so good
I didn’t mind a bit when we were snowed in. A crackling fire in the our
heatilator fireplace, a cup of hot chocolate and the sight of snow falling out the
window set the right mood for my mind-boggling books.
Plastic Surgeon Maxwell Maltz made strong and memorable points . . . these two
quotes can influence many of us as we achieve our goal of holding on to hope.
“This is where you will win the battle –in the playground of the mind.”
“Accept yourself as you are! Otherwise, you will never see opportunity. You will not feel free to move toward it; you will feel you are not deserving.”
For years after reading this book, its various strong points crossed my mind.
The other book I read that winter had an equally powerful impact on me.
Author Catherine Marshall became a widow suddenly, when her
husband, Peter, died of heart attack. Writing her first book, A Man
Called Peter, which later became a motion picture, helped restore her hope.
Then she began an intense study of spiritual renewal and wrote the book
I am sharing these two books because in the years to come they helped
me get through very difficult times.
Sometimes reading and embracing inspirational material makes the difference in our
ability to hold on to hope…it works for me, and I hope it does for you too!