I love books.
Always have – always will.
I love reading them.
I love writing them.
I love collecting them.
I love surrounding myself with them.
I recently reviewed T. J. Addington’s Live Like You Mean It, a book full of questions that can help you transform your life. One of my favorite passages comes from a section on lifelong learning entitled Books We Read, on pages 83-84. Below are a few excerpts that really spoke to my heart. I hope they resonate with yours as well.
Books – really good books – are like relationships. They mold us, inspire us, and cause us to think deeply. The issue is not how many books we read but the quality of the books we read…
Choose your books with care… Read those that will challenge your thinking rather than simply entertain you or confirm what you already know. Shallow thinking is one of the sins of our time.
As I get older, I spend less time with popular light books and far more time with those that grip my heart and prompt me to think deeply.
Read with concentration and engagement, allowing the writer to stimulate your thoughts. Read classic as well as current works. Many of the sharpest thinkers are long gone, but you can meet them in their writing.
It takes intentionality and discipline to find time to be challenged by others through their writing.
What do you think of this passage?
Here’s some more food for thought:
How do you choose the books that you read?
Has your choice of reading material changed over time?
What good books have you read lately that have really impacted your life?
Have a wonderful week, dear friends. I look forward to reading your comments!