My love of reading came early. My dad tells me stories of me sitting on his lap and him reading the newspaper to me. As a pre-teen I read our entire encyclopedia set and our two volume dictionary. I have those dictionaries sitting right here by my desk and I am still pretty impressed with myself for that feat.
Long before I fell for the thoughts and ideas that came from words put together, I was enamored by the actual words – how they were spelled and pronounced, where they all came from, and how you were supposed to use each one of them in the right context. As I learned more about individual words, I found concepts and syllables and grammar, all of the things that turn the words into a structure called a sentence. It was something that made sense of those words and put them together in a way that affected someone else. I was hooked!
Later, I hit the “big” books – Anna Karenina, Mein Kampf – and hit on ideas. Clearly, I was taking a lot of big swings with the ideas. My comprehension wasn’t great, so I don’t remember much and, honestly, I have no desire to go back and read those books over. There are too many new ones!! In 2013, 304,912 books were published in the United States. That is a lot of books and they are all of the new ones, not the old great classics. I love books and reading, but of that number I get to twenty-four or so in a year.
See that little black dot? That’s how many books I read in 2013 compared to those printed. My dot is probably not even that big.
So, in light of this, I thought I might help us both in picking out some better books and maybe even learning something from them. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I hope you’ll stick around.
As you can see above, the first book I picked is one I actually recently read, Waking the Dead by John Eldredge. I’d love for you to join me and I’m going to put a link for you to get it off of Amazon. I’m sure you can find it in any Christian bookstore.
*Number of books printed? United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO – report