I was sitting in our study the other night staring at all the books lining the shelves of the bookcases and I was very bothered by the fact that I have read only a mere handful of the hundreds that we own. My goal this year is to become more of a book reader and less of a blog reader. John Piper has this encouraging word on reading (He is referencing D.A. Carson’s book A Call to Spiritual Reformation, which is 230 pages long), “If you read 15 minutes a day for one year (just 15 minutes, say just before supper, or just before bed), you will read 5,475 minutes in the year. Multiply that by 200 words a minute and you get 1,095,000 words that you would read in a year. Now the average book has about 360 words per page (that’s what Carson’s book has). So you would have read 360 words into 1,095,000, or 3,041 pages in one year. That’s 13 books the size of Carson’s book, or reading his in 21 days. All that in 15 minutes a day.”
Here is my current wish list for the year; however, I hope to add to it as I complete some reading.
Treasuring God in Our Traditions by Noel Piper (I started this on last year, so I just need to finish it.)
Redeeming the Time by Leland Ryken
Radical by David Platt
Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney (This is one I want to read again.)
The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson
The Duties of Parents by J. C. Ryle
I’ll keep you posted on my reading. If anyone has any good books they’ve read, please pass them along. Hope y’all can find time each day to spend reading as well. Best wishes for 2011!
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