What I Read and Why
(I captured this quotation above on a trip to Washington D.C.’s Library of Congress a few years ago. It pretty much sums up my love affair with books.)
Since humans began to record their thoughts on paper (or scroll or even stone!), the written word is a unique way for us to transmit our ideas to others, even long after the author who penned it has passed on.
As I navigate through life, it is so much nicer (and easier!) to learn from others’ experiences and mistakes and learn from them. While God’s Word gives me the broad strokes of the Christian life, I have discovered that other people help me to work out those truths into the warp and woof of everyday life.
That’s why I love to read and learn new things. There are treasures out there that God can use to enrich and help us as we navigate our particulars. As I read, I build a storehouse of ideas and thoughts. My mind is stretched, enriched, challenged, and refined. This shapes my perspective and then live it out in a manner that I hope is worthy of Christ.
So what do I like to read?
On the top of my reading list at any given time are books from faithful believers. They can be current thought leaders. They can be classics. They can be about theology or about homemaking. I read to better fulfill the roles God has given me. Their insights help me to recognize those truths that are eternal for all generations as well as discover applications for our particular era.
I also like to read literature, including classic, children’s and popular novels. As I navigate through life in their shoes, I can learn from their mistakes without having to go through them myself. Through them, I better understand the human heart, including my own.
I enjoy reading “secular” material as well. This is where a discerning mind is crucial. But Christians alone do not have the corner on wisdom. I find it fascinating to see where God’s truth intersects with popular culture, business, and leadership.
And lastly, I love to just read “fun” stuff. I read magazines on scrapbooking, cooking, and decorating. I read blogs on hair, makeup, and fashion. I have even been known to read through travel guides of places as an armchair tourist.
All of these serve to stretch and enrich my mind as well as deepen and nurture my heart. They provide thoughts to bring into conversations with others. These then become refined and fit into my own life.
Take time to read, to learn, to expand your horizons. There are treasures out there!
What are you reading today?