As a self-proclaimed bookworm, I love books. Some of my favorite memories growing up include trips to the public library on Sunday afternoons. I was allowed to check out only six books at a time on my library card so I would choose carefully after walking slowly up and down each aisle in the juvenile section. So much to choose from: Nancy Drew, Cherry Hames RN, Ramona and Beezus, I loved them all! Upon arriving home, I would quickly devour one book after the other until all six were read, and then could hardly wait until the next Sunday’s library visit.
I also loved getting the Scholastic book order form in school. I would peruse the titles available for purchase, nearly memorizing the flyer, count out my allowance that I had hoarded and place my order for as many books as I could afford.
I still love going to the library (altough I have to say it is more difficult to find books that edify, if you know what I mean). I love to get christianbook.com‘s catalog in the mail and I have to confess I nearly memorize it just like I did those Scholastic flyers! And I LOVE the bookstore! As much as I love the library, I love, love, LOVE to purchase books for my own! I don’t know if it’s because as a child I checked out way more books than I ever was able to buy, or perhaps there’s some other reason, but I just cannot resist, especially at discounted prices.
As a result of my book buying compulsion, our bookcase is overflowing. I have boxed books up, given books away (with no small amount of regret, unless, of course, it was just a really bad read) and still we are drowning in stacks of books.
I read with interest Dr. Albert Mohler’s blog on what our bookshelves say about us. Check it out here. I am curious what my library says about me. That I am a serious student of God’s Word? Easily swayed by the doctrines of men? All fluff, no substance? Or, as is most likely the case, a sucker for whatever title I can get for $4 or less off the book table at Mike’s Merchandise?
Fluff or no, here is what I am currently reading (a true book lover always has about three, four, or more, titles in the works):
The Autobiography of George Muller
The Messies Manual by Sandra Felton
Boundaries for Kids by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. James Townsend
Taste and See by John Piper
Songbird by Lisa Samson (a girl’s gotta have some fiction!)
In my holding pattern (a true book lover also has way more books waiting to be read than she is actually reading!)
The Life of God in the Soul of Man by Henry Scougal
The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan
I Saw the Lord by Anne Graham Lotz
Three Treatises by Martin Luther
The Novelist by Angela Hunt (also fiction)
Speaking of fiction, the last three fiction titles I’ve read were excellent reads (not always the case with Christian fiction). Very, very different, but very good:
Winter Birds by Jamie Langston Turner
Waking Lazarus by TL Hines
I’ve no nice summary to make, except to say I am thankful for those whose words have been my companions in this journey with Christ. I have been encouraged and challenged and provoked and blessed.
P.S. I can’t figure out how to underline? The editor in me cannot stand to have the booktitles listed without the proper underlining! Can anyone help?