My life in books

14th January 2011 at 00:00
Lawrence Pagett is a former teacher and now a study skills adviser at Wolverhampton University

What I'm reading

The Glass Bead Game

By Hermann Hesse

In my early teaching days, I was introduced to Hesse and he had a profound effect on me as a teacher and writer. This book is about education in its purest form: achieving enlightenment through academic devotion. Replete with love, humility and gentleness of spirit, Knecht becomes the head of an intellectually elite organisation, yet leaves this position to tutor his friend's boy. It is inspirational.

The book I loved as a child

The Magic Faraway Tree

By Enid Blyton

My younger sister was reading this book when I stole a peep at it and couldn't put it down - it was truly magical. In the Enchanted Wood, there stood this wonderful tree. You climbed its never-ending branches into other worlds. The tree was a porthole into other realities, other possibilities and other ways of seeing things, all alternatives to conventional perception. For me, that doorway has always remained ajar.

Read this before you die

Embraced by the Light

By Betty J Eadie

Some years ago, while down in the dumps, this book rescued me. It is a true story about a lady (Betty) who had a near-death experience. Her journey into heaven is beautifully described and it is a revelation - talking about the many mysteries surrounding death and offering hope for an eternal future. Full of love, it is not contrived - it is utterly believable and a source of great comfort and joy to me. Interestingly, it has some scientific validation and is claimed to be a credible first-hand account. I now understand the phrase "when one door closes..."

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