Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The power of a FIRST word

They say that the opening line of a speech or book is the most important! It can grab your attention immediately and draw you into it's world. I am re-reading "Celebration of Discipline" (Richard Foster) and it starts like this:

"Superficiality is the curse of our age."

As I read those words, I think to myself - "That is so true! That is my experience of people sometimes." And immediately I am hooked.

Other famous first liners include:

"Life is Difficult!" - Scott Peck (Road Less Travelled)

"In the beginning..." - Genesis 1:1

"I am an invisible man."  —Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)

"All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." - Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina

I would love to know which "first liners" you remember or which have made an impact in your life.

Living in Grace

No comments: