I find myself re-reading Jan Karon’s Mitford series every year or so. The characters are warm, real and work out their faith in a real life. The Russians series and The Secret of the Rose series by Michael Philips are the same way, only he adds in a background of historical realism as a medium for his characters’ spiritual growth. What’s in common? The feeling inside myself, "I hope I react that way when I face things." (Or, in certain scenes, I hope I don’t act that way.) The maturing process that occurs within me, the nobleness that the characters draw out of me, myself.

And the sense of coming home whenever I open one of their books.