Throughout my life, books have nourished and enlightened me. They are my constant companions. At their most basic level, books are simply the words of another person preserved on paper, but they can be very powerful. Books give us insight into other people’s minds and hearts and souls. They are gifts of intimacy and truth. Reading a book is like sitting down to a conversation. The author does most of the talking, but the reader’s mind is engages and active: questioning, processing, appreciating, marveling.