Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Impactful Books part 3

Jenelle Schmidt ~ I would have to say that the fiction book that most impacted my life has been The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It was The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings that ushered me into both my love of reading and my love of fantasy... and molded much of my desire to write my own adventure tales.

Kendra Ardnek ~ This was not an easy decision for me, because I've read a lot of books that have impacted my life in some degree or another. However, at risk of being cliche, I've boiled it down to the Chronicles of Narnia. You see it was Narnia that inspired my Rizkaland Legends, the series that taught me how to write, no matter how hard it may be. Rizkaland has been such a huge chapter in my life, and I have no idea where I might be if I hadn't undertaken it ten years ago, but I do know that I wouldn't have started its journey if I'd never read Narnia to begin with.

Sarah Brazytis ~ I honestly can’t say that there is one fiction book that impacted me more than another. At many times during my life, God has brought just the right phrase, paragraph or conversation in a particular book I was enjoying then, and it helped me to understand a truth, cement a principle, or endure a difficult situation. From my first supplementary reader (On Yonder Mountain) to the historical novels I read now (Enemy Brothers; That Girl of Pierre’s), there are so many books that have met, and continue to meet, exactly the need or desire I have at that moment.

J. Grace Pennington ~ I was very strongly impacted in my faith by Isabella McDonald Alden's books, both her Ester Reid series and her Chautauqua Girls series.  I don't think I've read any other blatantly Christian books with characters so real and relatable.  I've read some of her books several times and every time they revitalize my walk with God.

Kyleigh Dunn ~ The fiction book that most impacted my life. I can’t decide between Brian Jacques’s Redwall series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Both were instrumental in sparking my writing,
which has in turn led to so many other things. Redwall also shaped a lot of my childhood friendships, and Lord of the Rings many of my early teen years, as well as being something I continue to love!


  1. Yes! I can relate to the depth of The Lord of the Rings! And here's Narnia again---I think that wins the prize for most mentioned in this group of authors. :) I agree about Isabella McDonald Alden's books. And...yes, I have a hard time narrowing down the books most impacting me, too!

  2. Redwall was also a big influence for me growing up. I have so many fond memories of reading and re-reading my favorites. :)