Let me share with you about the books I’m reading now.
I usually read more than one book at a time. I’m no bookworm-superhero, but I do have somewhat of a reading system, if I may call it that. Mornings are best for spiritual-growth, or deep non-fiction books. Evenings are for light-hearted fiction. Simple as that.
I read a chapter of the Bible everyday and let the truth of it permeate my heart and my life. It is by no means an instantaneous process, but I often find myself inspired, uplifted, convicted and directed through its divine wisdom.
I’m now reading from Acts. It is fascinating to read accounts of the wondrous work and power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of first-century Christians. I’m often left with a longing to be like them, to live like them, to be fired up for God’s Kingdom like they are. May God lead me to be exactly that.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
I regret to inform you that I haven’t moved on in my reading of this book since I’ve confessed of my shameless neglect of it. I am, however, reluctant to give up on reading it. So it is here to stay. No for too long, I hope.
The Bible Jesus Read, Philip Yancey
Some of you already know that I am an ardent Philip Yancey fan. If you didn’t know that, I tell you now. Yancey is remarkably skilled at conveying life-changing and profound truths in a most eloquent and honest of ways. His phrases stir something in you, sometimes in unpleasant ways, yet mark you forever.
The Old Testament happens to be another passion of mine. Especially the Psalms and the prophetic book of Isaiah. In The Bible Jesus Read, Yancey talks about how we’ve long neglected the Old Testament because it is mysterious and difficult to understand. He points out how invigorating it can be for our spiritual lives and how many vital lessons we can learn from reading it. Do read this book, I recommend it.
Winter’s Tales, Isak Dinesen
This is probably the oldest book I own – it was published in 1962. I say probably because I haven’t checked ALL of my books, but it stands a good chance. It is a book that my fiancé bought for me in a second-hand bookshop in Copenhagen. He has quite a story about his visit to that bookshop, and I’ll nag him to share it with you in a future guest post.
Anyway, Winter’s Tales is a collection of short stories. I’ve only read half of them so far and I haven’t made my mind up about whether I like them or not. They’re a little bizarre and sad for my liking, but then a lot of the short stories I’ve read are that, too. One day, I will have to share about why I like short stories – because I really do.
This is what I am currently muddling through. What about you? Would you mind sharing about what you’re reading now?
One more thing. I am delighted to inform you that I will be taking a 4 weeks break from posting on gribook. Not delighted because I won’t post, but delighted because I am getting married to a most incredible guy, which is why I need the break. I look forward to resume writing in mid-October, fellow bookworms. I know you’ll forgive me if I admit that I look forward to the big day, honeymoon and marriage even more!
So, what books did you say you’re reading now?