SEARCH: 5 Books to Prepare for Big Moments

5 Books to Prepare for Big Moments

by Michele Roger

No matter what I scored on my ACT, or how many Ted Talks I listened to, or how many glasses of iced tea I drank with my grandmother in the garden while snapping raw green beans, nothing truly prepared me for the big moments in life.  I mean really, why didn’t someone tell me about all the curve balls life throws?  From standing up to the school bully to standing up to my boss, sleeping while the baby sleeps, to sleeping in my bed alone after a breakup? (The key is to sleep in the middle of the bed surrounded by pillows for that last one, by the way.) Here are five of the best books I know to help prepare anyone for this unreasonable and beautiful thing called life.

Prepare For Puberty by reading
A L o n g Walk To Water by Linda Sue Park.
ALongWalkToWaterBased on the true-life story of two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, any teenager (or adult for that matter) will learn to appreciate the small but good things in life. The inspiration I derived from their choices and means of survival made me want to buy copies and put them in every free, little library box in my hometown.  I’m grateful that this book made it into my hands and feel it’s the perfect read to quell a bit of the growing angst inside every teen. 

Continue reading about the other books to help prepare for big moments in SEARCH Magazine’s Winter 2019 issue.