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The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. Dr. Seuss

If we are on the Heroes’ journey or want to be on the heroes’ journey we get a call to adventure and we have to accept it. We say yes to reading the book, taking the job, getting married, having children, starting a business, joining Toastmasters, writing a book, taking a class, or moving somewhere to start anew. Every new thing in our life has a catalyst – a call to adventure. Come and see where this leads.

Isn’t every book we buy like that? We go to the book store or look on Amazon and we have an array to choose from. Maybe we have the gift card from Christmas in our pocket. We aren’t even worried about the price. We want a worthy book.

Just the other day Mom asks me if I’ve read “The Nightingale” a book set in 1941. She tells me it is a book everyone should read because we should understand how fortunate we are, and be grateful. Mom lived through 1941 in Canada, 1941 in France would have been an entirely different story. We don’t know how hard things were for people in Europe during World War ll. How could we, most of us were not born?

One of the things that amaze me is the books Mom reads. How does she happen to be reading the book everyone else is reading? The answer of course is because she’s a reader, someone whispers to someone who whispers to someone else you should read that book, and the whispers reach Mom. When everyone was reading “The Help,” Mom was reading it. “The Nightingale” is showing up in Good reads in the “What are you reading posts.” It’s also showing up on a book lovers Facebook group.

Anybody who creates any product or business hopes someone whispers to someone “Have you,” and then their company, book title, or product is said next.

Word of mouth is still the best advertising. It is what you can’t buy with Facebook ads, TV spots, or by being on a radio show. We can all afford word of mouth because all we need is a “Worthy” product that some people will talk about. We don’t need everyone; we need a few people willing to invest time and money into our book or product for the experience and pleasure of consuming it.

Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once. Stephen King

My husband’s cousin, a teacher in The Bahamas reads Danielle Steele books. I read Danielle Steele books too but I think my husband’s cousin is a very loyal fan. Obviously, to become the author Danielle Steele has become she has hordes of loyal fans. It all probably started with “Have you read,” whispered to someone who whispered to someone, and the whispering never stopped.

A book is a call to adventure, what characters will we meet, where will we go, and what will we learn? We will spend our time in a world created by an author. It is an investment in time and money. Time is more important than money. We can only read so many books. We only have so much time. We may not know how we decide what book it is we excitedly pay for, can’t wait to get home or be delivered and start. We can order the Ebook and start immediately. Somehow, out of the array we had to choose from we made a choice.

If many people make the same choice we have a best seller. It isn’t advertising that makes a best seller, its readers choosing to buy, and whisper to someone “You’ve got to read this book.”

Have you read a good book and whispered the magic words, “You’ve got to read this?” Are you heeding the call to adventure when someone whispers them to you?

If you want to read about love and marriage, you’ve got to buy two separate books.

When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does. Nora Ephron

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t yet been written, then you must write it. Toni Morrison

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