As a little girl, my parents would punish me (usually for not doing my chores...) by putting my book on top of the refrigerator.
It was the worst.
I would often make up for those hours by staying up late with the door open just a crack to let the light from the hallway into my dark bedroom so I could finish just one more chapter...
I spent hours curled around whatever book I was reading at the moment, losing myself in the story, the adventure. Even with the TV blaring or my sisters playing loudly right next to me, the allure of a good book tuned out all the noise.
I'm still like that.
Although, now I don't have to sit with the door open, breathing quietly so Mom doesn't catch me reading late at night. Now, I just turn on the lamp next to my bed and prop up pillows to block the light so it doesn't wake Trevor.
I'm always finding books I'd love to read. Always.
And then I'm subsequently forgetting them until the rare chance when we end up at Barnes and Noble and I drag my poor husband through the store exclaiming, "Oh! I wanted to read this one! And this one! And that one!"
(Goodbye, you lovely gift cards.... and all my cash, too....)
This year, I'm going to do better. Yes, I'm going to actually remember all those books I want to read, and that way, I don't end up (like I did this year), with a big stack of awesome literature waiting for me and distracting me from, oh, painting the bathroom or washing the dishes. Slowly. I want to read slowly, instead of devouring nine books at once.
Let's start talking reading list. In no particular order, because really, how could I choose??
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1) Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith
I love me some old biblical stories that are refreshed again and again to bring new insights. This book promises that... and just sounds really good.
2) Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home
Finding the broken way home. That's certainly been my experience.
3) Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World
Living by counting my blessings in every moment has made an incredible difference in living in the moment- I'd love to hear more about it.
4) Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture
Man, this one just sounds really interesting. Finding glimpses of God in a culture that seems so opposed to Him sometimes- now that would give ya hope!
5) The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible
Scott (the author) was a professor of mine, and he was writing this book while I was in his class. I never read it, but his class was just so great, I always meant to and always forgot.
6) Born-Again Dirt: Farming to the Glory of God
Just starting out on our little farmstead means that we're getting lots of advice- from Trevor's farming family, from neighbors, from farmers I'm interviewing... but what about from God? This book looks so interesting-- I really want to check it out.
... and that's what I've got so far.
I'm sure there will be more.
What have you been reading lately?
Read any of these? What did you think?
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