Shortly before Christmas, Keith asked me when was the last time I read a book or an article that had nothing to do with autism. "Uhhhh, I have no idea," was my admission. To help combat my doldrums, Keith immediately suggested I make a goal to read 2 non-autism books over my school break.
I didn't make that goal, but I have made progress. Piles of books had lain next to my bed for awhile, but recently I had moved them onto the shelf in Keith's office (a.k.a Henry's dance room) because I was tired of their covers taunting me. I walked over to the shelf and carefully selected one I've owned for an entire year without opening.
I'm enjoying and learning from Holy Available (formerly titled The Beautiful Fight) by Gary Thomas. You may know him as the incredibly wise and gifted author of Sacred Parenting and Sacred Marriage, both of which I love. Out of sheer necessity I am reading it slowly. Not only is my time more limited than it was pre-motherhood, but I also find myself wanting to deeply savor and apply these words. I'm done with reading for inspiration without application. What a colossal waste of time.
For quite awhile my women's Bible study group has been exploring The Way of Discernment, a small-group guide with 5 individual exercises each week. I have not done all the exercises in writing, I admit, but I am journaling many of them and pondering all of them. Even when I can't attend the weekly meetings, I'm learning from this book. Great stuff.
I would love to read fiction again too; I have a running list of titles I'd like to read and hardly know where to begin.
What have you read lately? What are you reading now? I'd love to hear!
To Carry Hope
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