Ellen Pope is a writer, caregiver, illustrator, autoimmune GPA survivor, and a huge fan of gardening and real food. Find her art at WatercolorMonikers.wordpress.com or Facebook.com/watercolormonikers. Read more about her books at EPopeBooks.com.
What do you read for pleasure?
News. When I really need a break from day to day caregiving, writing, working, housekeeping, etc., or if I'm just feeling uninspired, I go to the news. That usually wakes me up and it's mostly free.
Book-wise it's been a long time since I read fiction but I do truly value escape in it's ability to rest your mind, give you a break, make you laugh, cry and discover meaning. My favorite thing to do is laugh so if I had to pick a genre... wholesome comedy would be it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Genesis, Joshua, Ruth, John, Romans.
Genesis because it's jam packed with formative, foundational, beautiful content that spans huge swaths of time and events. Joshua speaks to me because it's so multi-dimensional--I especially love the "Expositors" version through JSM which really opened my eyes. Ruth I identify with because her life parallels mine in many ways. It's about her faith, her marriage, and her adoption into the family of God but it's also a picture of our own "marriage" to Christ, the ultimate kinsman redeemer. (And... besides that, who doesn't love a good love story?!) John is just incredible. I cannot read enough of that Gospel. If you want to know the Gospel that's where I'd start. Romans is also a biggie because it's just an incredibly succinct systematic explanation of the faith.