You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. –Paul Sweeney
Some were recommended by family and friends, others I read about on blogs, and still others I found on my own -- but all the books on my stack make me wish for a day to do nothing but read.
This year I decided to get back to novel reading, too. I'm shooting for twelve novels. I'm a non-fiction reader, loving to learn how to serve God better, to be a better wife, to love people better. But I have come to realize that sometimes my mind needs a rest. So some evenings I'll be picking up a novel in an attempt to stop my whirling mind.
"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting." --Lady M. W. Montagu
In previous years I purchased mostly Kindle books. This year I am purchasing print books so I can share them with others. Some don't like to loan their books, but I like well-worn books -- if a little wear and tear means the content has helped my family and friends.
A friend, Donna Nobles, from my writer's group published a devotional collection:14th and Central: Stop, Consider These Things. I love reading books from people I know and will continue this practice.
I also love purchasing books from blogging authors. Here are a few I've read this year.
Pure Eyes, Clean Heart
Bringing Home the Mission Linck
Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval - and Seeing Yourself through God's Eyes
I cannot imagine my life without books. It makes me happy to see my girls read -- and now when I see my grandchildren with a book, wow!
There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. –Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
So pick up some new books and create a "stack." Choose a few from a different genre than you usually read. Schedule reading time the same way you schedule other activities. Hold the words up to the light of your beliefs. Keep the good; throw out the rest. And you'll start 2016 a better person.
Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles William Eliot