This book changed my life! My mother gave it to me for my 18th birthday. It's the only gift she gave me that year because she was mad at me about something I don't remember. Maybe she found out I was sexually active. Who knows! But of course I was angry about it. We had never even read or discussed the Bible, so I received that gift as judgment. As a weapon to hurt me. I threw it in a drawer and continued living my college life.


Years later, when my college life started to catch up with me, I pulled it out. My dad was the one who introduced me to its contents. And although my parents didn't raise me together, the Holy Spirit used the both of them separately to get my attention. This very book right here is over 30 years old. And regardless of its tattered and worn condition, its contents are eternally fresh and new. Its contents didn't just change my life. They ARE my life!

The Book of Genesis and the Gospel of John both begin with these words, "In the beginning." Both of these books, one from the Old Testament and the other from the New, introduce us to the creation of life and light. It was the beginning of everything. That's how I see my own life after receiving this gift. It was without form. It was void. I was a young woman walking without a spiritual purpose.


When I finally opened my eyes to the words in this Book, it was like a light turned on. I could see the path before me clearly, and it was the beginning of everything! Now, as I look back, I have much to be thankful for.


My spiritual purpose is to re-gift this gift to anyone and everyone who God sends my way. Whether you've come in search of encouragement or just out of curiosity, you are here for a reason. So, I invite you to share, comment, and subscribe to my blog. Feel free to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @listen2leslie for some daily-life inspiration. 

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