Well, I started out life as a reader… I spent the 3rd grade at Zion Lutheran School unchallenged by the curriculum, and reading a Nancy Drew book each day.
But the last 8 years of motherhood have not been conducive to reading. I always had a list of “to do’s” that competed for my attention.
Now, I have caught up! My “to do” list is not backed up, and my mind has regrown all the braincells I lost in child birth.
And I started reading again.
The funny thing about my reading so far: I am not the least picky. Or maybe I have just been lucky enough to read all good books?
Joel has teased me over the past 8 years that each time I read a book, I love it and recommend it, because I don’t have much to compare it with.
It is time to challenge that theory.
I have figured out several things lately:
1. Most of the books I tried (and failed) to read over the past few years were heavy theological stuff Joel scarfs down every day… I don’t like this style of reading. I want more personal reflection. I think this is why the devotional, Devotional Classics, given to me in India by Courtney remains a favorite… you get to know both the writer of each devotion and the editor of the book in each devotion.
2. I enjoy reading a story and “listening” to the interactions between the characters and God… practicing discerning their worldview just like I do in real life. I learn alot this way. I prefer this to the person/character specifically laying out their beliefs for me.
3. I love biographies. When reading fiction, it bugs me to know that this is just made up – this great experience is only as real as a dream. I love to see the amazing things that happen to people for REAL.
4. I do not know much history – especially foreign political and spiritual history.
Based on these realizations, I am making a game plan for my reading:
- Find missionary stories/biographies to help me learn about various countries. I would like to be orderly, so I may concentrate on Latin America first, as I am in the middle of an account of a Martyr in El Salvador.
- Find biographies that help me travel through Church history in order, possibly following different branches of faith as they split and converge.
- If reading fiction, read historically-set fiction, rather than modern.
I welcome recommendations. I found the current and previous books just searching the card catalog at the library. I now have a little list from Marti’s blog because she reads lots of books about missionaries and church history, and I really enjoyed the book she wrote, Through Her Eyes.