Books That Changed Brenda Bartella Peterson’s Life: Member Profile

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Brenda Bartella Peterson

Today we’re introducing a new feature on From Left to Write. Our club has almost 100 bloggers who love to read, write, and talk about books. On our book club days, you only get a glimpse into their blog so now you can get to know our members a little bit better.

In our book club members profiles, we’re going to do things a bit differently. We’ve asked our bloggers to share some books that have affected their lives in some way.

Let me introduce you to Brenda Bartella Peterson. Brenda blogs at Grit and Grace and is a very active member of our community. She shares with us some of her memorable reads.

Q: What childhood or children’s book changed your life and how?

Brenda: I was not read to by my parents, nor did I have books to read around the house. So my relationship with children’s books is through my sons. Our favorites are What Do You Do With A Kangaroo? and Love You Forever. These books brought pleasure to my sons and me over and over and over again. The lessons in both are good lessons for life.

Q: What fiction book changed your life?The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

BrendaA Prayer for Owen Meany and The Secret Life of Bees. Both books touched me in at my spiritual core. I believe God did not stop speaking when the Old and New Testaments were closed. God speaks through each of us in creative ways. A Prayer for Owen Meany is about the call made on each of our lives. The Secret Life of Bees is beautiful story of the spirituality of women.

Q: What non-fiction book affected your life?

Brenda: The Struggle to Be Free by Dr. Wayne Oates. It was the first non-fiction book I read that addressed the issues of my childhood. It really opened my eyes about the affect of poverty and narrow thinking on our lives.

Q: Are there any other books you’d like to add to the list?

Brenda: My current life-changing book is Somebodies and Nobodies by Robert Fuller. Rankism is the last “ism” in our nation. Fuller makes you aware of the ways in which you unconsciously RANK people and act accordingly. Love You Forever Book

Q: What book would you most want your children to read?

Brenda: Love You Forever

Q: We’ll end our profile with some very wise words from Brenda.

Brenda: Reading can change your life. You can go to a library and get a library card for absolutely nothing and the whole world opens to you with the acquisition of that little card. Read, Read, Read!

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Brenda!

Brenda Bartella Peterson is a writer, speaker, ordained minister and life coach. Brenda writes and speaks about her incredible journey through life and shares her secrets for surviving and thriving whatever life dishes out. You can find Brenda on her website www.brendabartellapeterson.com.
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Comments

  1. Well said Bren!

  2. You really can see to a person’s soul by what they choose as their favorite reads and your’s shines brightly! I now have a new crop of must-reads to add to my wish list. By the by, “What do you do with a kangaroo” is one of our family’s favorite kid picks. Love this new feature and so great to learn more about Brenda!

  3. What a delight to see my writing friend here! A lovely article, Brenda. Hope to see you soon.

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