Day 13: Make time to Read

Growing up – I LOVED to read – I could get lost in a book for hours and hours and hours.  Gone are the days when I really have that much time for frivolous reading, but I try to keep some useful reads around whenever possible.  I’ve written before about strategies to Read More..and I think those still hold true.

read everyday

There are many wasted moments floating around – if I can keep a book within arm’s reach, I’m much more apt to spend those moments growing my mind than letting it sit idle.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the occasional “fun” read, but across the board, I find real-life, useful books that apply to me to be much better at this stage in my life.  I don’t want to ever stop learning – that’s not good for anyone!  Things that work for me:

  • keep a book at hand in places I know I’ll have a few moments I can read instead of waste:  while nursing a babe, kitchen counter waiting for something to defrost or saute, bathroom, car if waiting to pick someone up from an activity.  I typically have a few books scattered around that I can pick up at a moment’s notice.
  • Read for a few minutes when I first wake up or right before turning in for the night.  A few minutes every day will add up.
  • Find engaging material to read – if I am capitivated by a book, I am much more likely to make time to read it.  If I find it boring or otherwise disinteresting, it will sit and gather dust.
  • Apply what you read – that will keep you growing and looking for more.

A few books I’ve found particularly meaningful in the last few months:

The Blessed Life – Robert Morris

The Treasure Principle – Randy Alcorn

It’s All Too Much – Peter Walsh

Momumental – Jennifer Grant

Shepherding a Child’s Heart – Tedd Tripp

Crazy Love – Francis Chan

Read anything good lately?