Thursday, August 21, 2008

Do You Like to Read?


I love to read. My love for reading began as a young child. Because I was born with a heart defect that wasn't corrected until I was seven years old, I led a fairly sedentary life up to that point. I learned to enjoy quiet activities like reading and drawing since I wasn't physically able to run and play with other children my age.

I'm thankful that some of my earliest memories consisted of sitting on my mom's lap as she read to me. I loved to look at the pictures and often closed my eyes as I imagined myself in the scene with Alice in Wonderland. I'm so thankful that my love for reading developed in this way. What a great way to bond with a child and instill in them a love for reading. I laughed when my friend sent me this picture of her youngest daughter Karli and her attempts at reading.

Developing a love for reading has so many benefits. Research tells us that readers tend to read better, write better, have a better vocabulary, develop interests in a variety of subjects and are more open to learning and new ideas. Spending time with a child and reading to them is a wonderful way to open them up to a love for reading that will serve them well throughout their life.

As I consider the choices we make that impact our future, reading quality books is a no brainer. Last year, I subscribed to a monthly reading program that I learned about on Chuck Colson's Breakpoint website. Each month you read a different classic and you receive a CD by Dr. Ken Boa who is a wonderful teacher. He tells you about the life of the author and some relevant information about the times the books were written. He includes insights and ways to relate in the current times in which we live. I found it so helpful as many of the classics included books I've always wanted to read such as East of Eden by John Steinbeck and City of God by St. Augustine.

I enjoy reading historical fiction books by Robert Michener or sometimes a lighter book such as Bella Tuscany by Frances Mayes. In a moment, I can imagine myself living in Italy. Jan Karon writes wonderful fiction books that allow this city dweller to imagine living in the small town of Mitford as I follow the lovable characters including Father Tim. Books on tape can be a perfect way to have time pass quickly and yet productively on a long road trip.

Books allow us to use our imagination. Instead of always watching television and movies, why not take the time to develop a love for reading? Start with a subject that you have an interest in.

How about you? Do you struggle to sit and read or do you love to spend hours reading? What kinds of books do you enjoy? I'd love to hear about some of your favorites.

5 comments:

  1. Debbie,

    I'm a long-term lover of books and reviewer of books (thousands of reviews). I support good books with five star customer reviews on Amazon--for example.

    I love reading and I read many different types of books--nonfiction and fiction. Great post. Keep up the good work.

    Terry
    Author of Book Proposals That Sell

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  2. Thank you Terry for your comments. It's greatly appreciated.

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  3. Dear Debbie,

    I too love to read. It was interesting to hear about your reading program.

    I recently joined a book club at our church. Each month we all read the same book and then get together to discuss it. The books are very interesting, and it is a great way to bond with other people who also enjoy reading.

    I personally love to get into the Bible each morning. It gives me strength and wisdon for the day and helps me to get to know God a little better. I can never get enough of His Word.

    Sue

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  4. I'm a lover of books and I almost read everything I see in front of me!

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  5. Welcome back Philip! You were missed and I'm glad to know that you're a reader too.

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