To celebrate International Literacy Day this year, I made a trip to Seattle to visit their incredible public library. I instantly fell in love – from the rotary phone with stories of community sourced book reviews, to the incredible gift shop, to the multiple copies of hot new releases available through the Peak Reads program, to the beautiful garden theme and the stunning architecture, there was so much about the space and building that captivated my attention and inspired my heart. The visit felt especially meaningful because I’ve been thinking a lot lately about storytelling, who tells stories, how we recognise that we have stories worth telling, what it means to hear empowering narratives and and how feeling seen and represented impacts us.
More specifically, I’ve been thinking about storytelling because I’ve been thinking about Mark Gonzales new book called “Yo Soy Muslim” which is a letter of a father speaking to his daughter. I haven’t read the book as yet, but from what I can tell, it is a book that is about courage, doing good, recognising who you are, and what it means to be connected to Your Creator and other people.
In particular, the passage below brought me to tears when I read it.