Making a Home

Read, Read, Read.

“The things you read will fashion you by slowly conditioning your mind.” – A.W. Tozer

As we go into 2016, I have determined to read more. To be intentional in reading and the things that I read. If you’ve read my post here, then you’ll know that although I love reading, I took a couple of years off to focus on reading my Bible and make that a priority. I would encourage you also, in regards to reading, to make Bible reading your first priority and everything else secondary. Having said that, there are tons of great books out there and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of them!

“Books don’t change people, paragraphs do — sometimes sentences.” John Piper

I have loved reading since I was a child. I grew up in rainy Washington state, so there were A LOT of opportunities to curl up, inside, and read a book. I love how books can take you to places you’ve never been, and show you experiences through someone else’s eyes. I love how books need your full attention and imagination. We don’t do that with many things anymore, give them our full attention. We can watch tv, while being on our laptop or our phone, and have a conversation at the same time. None of these things get our full attention, which is sad, but reading does require our full attention or we’ll have no idea what we’ve just read.

“Read two old books for every new one.” – J.I. Packer

I have tried hard to instill a love for reading with my boys, and let’s just say I’m still working on that! 😉 Why do I want them to read and enjoy it? I think one of the main reasons is because I want them to have the ability to learn something for themselves. Not only learn something, but form an opinion, that is their own, based on what they’ve read. I think as a society we lack this ability and we need to get it back.

We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure time, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service. Paul cries, “Bring the books” — join in the cry.” Charles Spurgeon

I get it (kind of). Some people don’t love to read. There are great alternatives like listening to audio books. Youtube has some audio books for free, and there’s a new company you can subscribe to called Audible where you can listen to a wide selection of audio books for a monthly fee. Although I do mainly prefer reading, I also enjoy listening to audio books while I’m doing other things especially if it is a lighter book (in content) or fiction. This is also a great idea for younger kids or people who have a hard time reading because of sight or illiteracy. I’ve heard they also have the Bible as an audio book (but I have not checked into that yet).

You can find a few of my favorite books,and some that I’ve read recently here: The Books on My Nightstand. Some of the books I plan on reading soon (they’re on their way) are: “The Road to Character” by David Brooks, “Through a Man’s Eyes”, and “Knowing God” by J.I. Packer (aff. links). What are some books that you are looking forward to reading this year, or what are some books that you would encourage someone else to read?

“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.” 2 Timothy 4:13

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