"...the words you read go directly into the bloodstream
and go into it at full strength.
More than the painting you see or the music you hear,
the words you read become
in the very act of reading them
part of who you are....
If there is poison in the words, you are poisoned;
if there is nourishment, you are nourished;
if there is beauty, you are made a little more beautiful....
A word doesn't merely say something, it does something.
It brings something into being.
It makes something happen.
What do writers want their books to make happen?"
Frederick Buecher, A Clown in the Belfry; emphasis mine)