The Three D’s by Aneeta Pearson


Is the cover design odd? Is the title strange? Don’t judge a book by its cover-literally. Give it a chance. What awaits might surprise you. Here are The Three D’s below.

DON’T-Be overcritical. Check out the author, read the description and a couple of pages.

DO-Give the author a chance to win you over. The author put time, heart, and soul into that book in your hand, or online, and believed it was worth publishing for the world to read.

DO-Tell your friends, family, and coworkers about the book-be candid. In addition, submit a customer review. Hopefully, the author will appreciate the honest feedback.

Happy reading!

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The Battle by Aneeta Pearson


Growing up in a Christian home, I learned to stay away from “worldly” things, especially books I read. Fast forward, as a devout born-again Christian and parent, I now understand my mother’s reason. My mother, a bibliophile, encouraged me to explore various genres, present an oral book report of what I learned, and challenged me to think of an alternate ending and why. But with that came her warning.

She said there is a constant battle over the mind so I should be careful what I allowed “in” because spiritual warfare does exist. Being that curious kid that practically lived in the library, it was tempting to read books that were off limits such as “the dark side.” In fact, I struggled for years contemplating my mother’s warning, daring myself to do it anyways. So I did.

Unfortunately reading texts of “the dark side” heightened my imagination. The overwhelming feeling of fear, as a result, caused me to confess. Besides receiving a lecture of a lifetime, literally for hours (not kidding), came prayer. Prayer to rebuke the spirit of fear, cleanse my mind, and OBEY her instruction.

Today, I wait for the Holy Spirit to lead me before I borrow or purchase the next read.

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What I’ve Learned by Aneeta Pearson


In continuation of “Take Me Away,” growing up I had the privilege of reading many thought-provoking books. I took from stories that I believed were edifying and meaningful, no matter the genre. There was no such thing as a “pointless” book to me. I valued each author’s style, growing to realize the literary nuances that made books great. Below is a brief list of books and my takeaway as a youth:

  1. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl- James, my hero. Period.
  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis-Self sacrifice is the ultimate sacrifice.
  3. Diadem series by John Peel-In a world full of fantasy, anything is possible.
  4. Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal-Sibling love: unbreakable, enduring, and undying.
  5. Gal: A True Life by Ruthie Mae Bolton-Cruelty at worse, triumph at best.
  6. Do They Hear You When You Cry by Fauziya Kassindja-There is still hope in humanity.
  7. Beloved by Toni Morrison-The power of a mother’s love is unbreakable.

As a parent, I pride myself on introducing age-appropriate classics to my children such as Goodnight Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, The Snowy Day, Green Eggs and Ham, etc. I am sure they will thank me later.

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Take Me Away by Aneeta Pearson


I vividly remember that day. Recess was over and it was time to time to settle down and read. Most of my fellow classmates groaned in agony, dismayed that thirty minutes of reading time was at hand. However, I could not wait to read a new Goosebumps classic I checked out from my school library. I quickly gulped down some water, sat at my desk, and dove in. The classroom was completely silent . . . at least to me. For a split second, I looked up. I saw my teacher smiling at me with a look of approval and astonishment while settling her students down.

I love books. Reading is as exciting for me as football for a die-hard fan. I prepared for my trips to the library days beforehand, eagerly anticipating my favorite author’s newest releases. My love for reading-transported me to a mental utopia. Reading took me to a place where I was free to imagine and explore. Checking out fifteen books at a time was innate. Walking home from the library for two miles was dreadful but my reward awaited me. A book a day, repeat.

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