Fill me up, Lord

"You will seek me, & find me when you seek me w/ all your heart," God says. But that is not the whole story. I'm not just a searcher. I'm also a hider. You too. We have to come face-to-face w/ our tendency to hide, to get lost. ~John Ortberg, Love Beyond Reason

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Summer Reading Update

Well, uh, I haven't read any of the books on my list.
But, I'VE BEEN READING 2 AMAZING books by my guru: John Ortberg!!!!
They are: The Life You've Always Wanted (okay, but I liked Love Beyond Reason more) & God Is Closer Than You Think (just started).

I need to meditate more on my Colossians passage and I'm going to go through Ephesians as well.

My problem is, I start a book, but then I find a NEW book, and I get so excited about it, that I start that one!

I went to my local library and was surprised to see how many books they had on Christian Living, etc. I almost went home with 5 more, but cut it down to 2. (A Henri Nouwen one and the Ortberg) Cath, they had Brannon Manning's Abba Child!

Last week I was at a friend's house, and her mother is a bibliophile as well. I am a recovering bibliophile, as I have had numerous friends to decluttering interventions with me.

I brought home 4 GREAT books!
1. Okay, the John Ortberg was only good. (The Life You've Always Wanted)
2. Being Mary in Martha's World,
3. a book on church history that is really great (the whole DaVinci Code issue really piqued my interest; I'm up to the 2nd and 3rd century. For some reason, reading about these spiritual fathers and mothers, really strengthens my faith. It makes it more real to me somehow,)
4. and then LA PIECE DE LA RESISTANCE: a BOOK about BOOKS to READ!!!! Including theological, Christian Living, Secular Non-Fiction/Fiction, Poetry, Non-Secular Fiction/Non-Fiction. I can't TELL you how wonderful it is, and how sad it makes me that I will never be able to read them all. But it's fun reading the little blurbs about each one of them.

But you know, there is just something about OWNING a book that you are in the middle of reading.... There is no pressure to return it, no fines, etc. And yes, yes, I know, it's expensive, and it takes up space, etc. But it's true about that ownership piece....You can UNDERLINE and highlight.

2 Comments:

  • At 7:14 PM, June 21, 2006, Blogger nyukers said…

    I love buying books as well--there's something wrong to me about taking them out from the library.
    I say spend the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • At 1:10 PM, June 22, 2006, Blogger Catherine said…

    A few comments. You said:

    "a book on church history that is really great (For some reason, reading about these spiritual fathers and mothers, really strengthens my faith. It makes it more real to me somehow,)"

    Absolutly! church history is awesome AND essential!!!!!!!

    "i how sad it makes me that I will never be able to read them all."

    I know!! So many books!! So little time!!!

    "there is just something about OWNING a book that you are in the middle of reading...."

    I couldn't disagree more. I prefer to buy books only AFTER I have read them and decided that they are so good that I want them for the collection and to loan out to others.

     

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