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How this book changed my life

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 24, 2018, 6:00:00 AM

At Trinity Grammar School we asked staff and students, “Which book changed your life?” in support of the Copyright Agency’s ‘This Book Changed My Life’ social media campaign. The ‘This Book Changed My Life’ campaign asks Australians to upload their own stories and make a pledge to respect creators by agreeing to pay for books and eBooks, attribute creators and ask permission when using material in their own creations.

Here’s what just a couple of staff members had to say.

How this book changed my lifeEnglish teacher, Aaron Scott:

“The book that changed my life? No contest - it has to be Margaret Wise Brown's classic, Goodnight Moon. I don't know how many times I had this book read to me as a child - or how many times I've since read it to my own children - but it must number in the thousands. Every night, this was my bedtime book of choice and it instilled in me a love of reading that I've carried into adulthood. There was something about the rhythm of the sentences and the structure of the rhyme I found mesmerizing: "In the great green room there was a telephone, a red balloon, and a picture of ... the cow jumping over the moon". Genius! And then there were Pat Hancock's wonderfully detailed illustrations - the slowly darkening room, the rising moon, the roving mouse. Simple, imaginative, sleep-making - even now, as I read ‘Goodnight Moon’ to my one-year-old daughter, I think it might just be the perfect book.

How this book changed my lifeActing Secretary to the Head Master, Helen McFarlane:

“I’m an avid reader. I especially enjoy reading adventure/mystery books as well as books that inspire me. However, the book that has most changed my life is the Bible. (The book with the highest sales rate in the world!) I first started exploring the Bible at about 14 years of age when I looked up passages about needs in my life eg. Loneliness and feeling afraid.

When I was 15 I responded to an invitation to become part of God’s family and then I found that the Bible had lots of things about how to live life – it’s our ‘How to Live Life’ Instruction Manual if you like. I found the Living Bible paraphrase especially spoke to me as it was written in a language that I could understand. The following is something that I have committed to memory at age 15 and still apply to my life today:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:6-7 TLB]

Reading in the Bible that God loves me and that I belong to His family was the beginning of my ongoing communication with God. So read the Bible and find out what God wants to say to you!”

Hear from other members of the Trinity community who answered the question ‘Which book changed your life?’ or watch our highlights video.

At Trinity Grammar School our mission is to provide a thoroughly Christian education for boys, imparting knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning. We actively encourage our students to grow in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man, so that they may become responsible, contributing members of society. We strive to promote the spiritual, academic, social, physical and cultural development of our boys, based on a biblical understanding of the Christian faith.

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Topics: Literacy, Boys and literacy