Books are imagination put to pagination. The authors provide a plot while the readers provide the images. There is much to be learned from the wisdom of others and books provide a gateway for that information to be disseminated. While I have no research to back up this premise, it seems that people are reading less . . . regardless, we certainly are not reading as much as we should be. The current status of our culture necessitates that we should read more, read more discerningly, and read more diligently.
Having arrived home, I am thankful to have more opportunity to read. Because my reading has been defined for me much of this month, the books of my choosing have been on the lighter side. Yet, I hope this list will offer motivation to others. So here is a look at the books that were a part of my life this past month, and could be a part of yours (click on the title to learn more about the book):
- The Whole Armor of God by Iain Duguid: A great (and short) exposition on the armor of God from Ephesians 6:10-20. Read my review of the book by clicking here.
- Enjoy Your Prayer Life by Michael Reeves: At 46 pages, Reeves simply encourages believers in their prayer life. A quick, but notable read.
- A Tale of Three Kings: A Study in Brokenness by Gene Edwards: A unique book that someone loaned to me – based on David, Saul, and Absalom, the author examines the concept of brokenness in the Christian life.
- The Most Important Stores of the Bible: Understanding God’s Word Through the Stories it Tells by Christopher Hudson and Stan Campbell: A synopsis of 75 prominent stories from Scripture; truthfully, not a book that excited me but you can read my review by clicking here.
- The Steward Leader by R. Scott Rodin: Assigned reading, I started off a bit hesitant, but the later parts of the book are quite incredible when it comes to leadership. Rodin also does a great job at exploring the concept of Christian freedom throughout the book.
- The Spy by Clive Cussler: A continuation in the Isaac Bell series I’ve been reading; while predictable, the setting is unique and enjoyable for a mystery series.
- Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny: Another mystery author I follow, I enjoy Penny’s writing immensely – same old complaint, it would be improved by lessening her use of foul language, although this book seemed better than previous ones.
- Death at La Fenice by Donna Leon: Another mystery author I’ve started following; I read this book two years ago and wanted to start reading through the series, so I’ve reread the first one to reintroduce myself to the primary character. Less provocative language, but more acceptance of sinful behavior.
I have no less than four more books on my nightstand already begun and am looking forward to the next month’s list of reading.
So what about you? If you could complete one book this month, which book would it be? What would you expect to get from that book that might create a positive impact? Perhaps this month is a good time to commit to reading fifteen minutes a day, perhaps to relax right before bedtime. You may be surprised at how much you can read over the course of the month.