The book thief has the power of words flowing thru her. Ever since she has been at the hubermans Hans has taught her to read in her worst times of fear and hatred. She has the power of words that keep her upright and strong against outside forces trying to get in. Words are probably the most powerful thing in existence they can do so much damage. Yet they can also repair the damage which has been delt from the outside. But negative words do more damage or has a harder impact than kind and sympathetic words do to people. The people behind the words give them there power and meaning.