Like most people, I like to make a list of goals/resolutions at the beginning of each year. It's always nice...err...it's interesting to look back and see your progress, or lack there of. One of my goals was to read more. And I don't mean more blogs, news pages or cooking magazines. I'm already "good" at that. I mean books. The kind you have to commit more than 5 minutes to. I have to confess, I've never been much of a reader. In high school I was always in the advanced or AP English classes, but I'm pretty certain that I never actually read an entire book. Literature is not my thing. I'm what you call, a good skimmer. BUT, being a skimmer has no permanent value. I'm also very very good at starting books, and... that's it.
And cozying up with a good book? Usually my idea of cozying up with a good book turns into a cozy nap. Even if the book I am reading is good I still have a hard time staying awake during all of it! Terrible I know. And would you believe that I married someone who LOVES to read? In the words of Lloyd Christmas, I am one pathetic loser. So back to my goal. My goal was to read 6 books this year. To some of you that sounds pathetic. For me, a big deal! I can now say I have successfully finished 1 book. Never mind that the year is half over. One. Unless you count the Growing Kids God's Way workbook? No. Ok. I do devoutly read the bible, but I can't say I've finished that this year, nor will I likely.
So the book I just finished (which has taken me a couple of months as I left it on an airplane and had to reorder - I do hope it blessed someone!)....is called Good News for Those Trying Harder by Alan Kraft. I loved it and will likely read it again! It was so insightful and awakening to why we just don't feel like we're living the Christian life right...because most of the time we are focused on ourselves and what we can do, not on Jesus. The picture on the front is perfect too - a hamster in a spinning wheel working hard and getting nowhere. I think every page was filled with Godly wisdom & excellent examples. It was an easy read, and really just an honest and sincere book, gently convicting the wayward heart. If you are looking for something worthwhile to read, read this!
Although I didn't specify what type of genre my 6 books had to be, I do want to read all Christian books, at least while my goal is only 6. If I am going to take the time to read (which is a big deal for me) then I want them to enrich my life in a way that grows me in my relationship with the Lord. I already have so many distractions or should i say- am easily distracted. My attention span is just barely more than that of my almost 3 year old. I think solid times of reading will help in that area too!
On to my next book, the Unexpected Journey. Oh, and I have been summoned to read Total Money Makeover...thanks Bill! :)