31 books I can’t live without: Glittering Images (10)

This month I’m participating in the #write31days challenge by highlighting 31 books I can’t live without. Check out this post for more information, and otherwise, read on! 

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unknownTitle: Glittering Images

Author: Susan Howatch

Synopsis: “An outstanding storyteller, Susan Howatch has created a novel of spirituality and morality where the loyalties and passions of four people are played out against their dedication to religion and the path of right.
And says the Philadelphia Enquirer, “Passionately eloquent…a tale of God, sex, love, self-analysis and forgiveness.”

Why I can’t live without this book: When my friend Hannah suggested I read the book years ago, I didn’t think much about it. The cover looked cheesy, but she promised the insides were full of gold. And she was right. I needed a book that would call bullshit on my insides, that would hand over the glittering image I called my identity in an effort to see the real me. This novel did just that – so, do yourself a favor: don’t judge a book by its cover and grab hold of it ASAP.

(One of my) favorite quotes: “The glittering image of the apparent world dissolved into the great truths which lay beyond and the truths were not a beautiful dream …. but the ultimate reality. Love and forgiveness, truth and beauty, courage and compassion blazed with a radiance which far outshone the cheap glitter of illusion…”

So, Glittering Images: have you read it? Did it change you? Did it help you to see the real you beneath the sparkly veneer? 

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