This is a no-brainer. When trying to think of a word beginning with "B" to write about for this alphabet challenge, the word "Books" just screams at me.
I've shared here before what a bibliophile I am. Books are amazing things. My office library has nearly 2,000 volumes (as my daughter who has been cataloging it for me can tell you!). Our home is likewise a depository for myriads of volumes (I just wanted to write a sentence with smart sounding words!). As a homeschool family, obviously, books are pretty important.
Our kids have picked up the love my wife and I share for books, thankfully. The oldest is graduating with an English degree and has been working the last couple years at the campus library. Her little sister is looking to follow in her footsteps and works one day a week at our local library. Both the boys love getting lost in a good story (even if they do spend more time reading Garfield books!). Books, books and more books in our family!
Of course, we're not alone in this passion. Henry Ward Beecher famously said "It is a man's duty to have books. A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life." Charles Spurgeon wrote in his Salt Cellars: "A good book is the best companion...If love, joy, laughter, sorrow please my mind, Love, joy, grief, laughter in my books I find."
And of course, near the end of his life, even the Apostle Paul shows us how important his books are. He tells Timothy: "When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments." (2 Timothy 4:13, ESV) What does he want in his captivity? Books.