Thank you so much to those who have already given to our year-end campaign! We are excited to report we have raised $13,597.00 so far! Make sure you head over to our Better Together page for live updates. It’s definitely not too late if you haven’t given yet, and we’ve still got a few hours left to reach our goal before December 31st at midnight EST!
I’ve been a voracious reader since just about forever. Instead of a nap time when my siblings and I were young, my mom read to us the tales of Johnny Trumane, Adoniram Judson and other classical heroes. Before bedtime, my dad worked his way through the Little House on the Prairie series, sending me to dreamland riding wild ponies and surviving never-ending blizzards. Library days were my favorite, and I could be found curled up for hours with a book in hand. I’ve never had trouble finding something to read.
These days the sheer number of books available to us can be overwhelming! Add in the decision of e-book versus print, the complexities of finding time to read in our line of work, and the precious nature of suitcase space and it might seem all together too complicated to decide what to read next.
Each person is different, and situations and availability vary, but this week I want to share with you some ideas for book inspiration and resources for your reading journey.
Do you use Goodreads to track what you’ve read through the year? I love creating my own reading challenge come January 1, getting ideas from friends on a new author to try, and tucking away books for the future. We also now have our very own Velvet Ashes group on Goodreads! I’ll post what we are currently reading in book club there, and you can ask for reading advice or suggest a book that might be applicable to the community. Check it out!
Several years ago I wanted to get out of a reading rut and made a book challenge list with different categories that would stretch me over the coming year. It was fun brainstorming different ideas, like the number one best seller on Amazon (on the day I decided to start that book), the Pulitzer Prize winner in the year I was born, and a book by an author I had never read before. Amy Young creates a Summer Reading Challenge with a whole bunch of category ideas and there are also some great ideas on Pinterest.
“The words we speak and read make the world around us. They open our eyes to the reality of God; they liven us to what is possible; they draw us onward into maturity, wisdom and love. To be a book girl is to own the identity of holy learner to the full”. If you need to be reminded of the joy and deep work of reading, check out Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson. Not only does Clarkson dig into the beauty of a reading life, but this book contains the largest amount of amazing book lists and suggestions I’ve ever seen in one spot. There’s something for everyone to feel inspired in these pages.
I have a book addiction that gets me into trouble sometimes. I simply cannot exit our public library without a book or two in hand (despite knowing I have several at home waiting for me). I sometimes stay away from Amazon because I might just buy every book that looks intriguing. Cost can definitely be a factor for our budgets when it comes to reading, especially if we don’t live close to a library. Enter free books! First of all, check with your library back home and see if you can borrow e-books with your library card! Second, there are lots of great places to learn about free or cheap e-books. One of my favorites is called E-Reader Girl, where you can sign up for a daily email with books that might be discounted that day or reads that are cheaper. (Fair warning, there tends to be a LOT of Christian romance, in case that’s not really your thing.)
What tips and tricks have you learned or tried to spice up your reading routines? Where do you go for book inspiration? Here’s to some fantastic reading in 2019!
In January we’re going to be reading The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. I’m excited to explore the amazing and diverse ways the Creator has formed each of us! I hope you’ll join in. Here’s a quick summary of the book and our schedule!
The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system that helps us understand both our positive and negative wiring, our fears and motivations, and our pathway for growth. Cron and Stabile explore each of the nine types with lots of stories and examples to help us learn about and appreciate each one. As we understand ourselves in deeper and more meaningful ways, the goal of the authors is to help us grow in our love and understanding of the God who created us so uniquely.
Here’s our schedule:
January 8: Chapters 1-2 (Getting started on understanding the Enneagram)
January 15: Chapters 3-5 (Learning about Types 8, 9, and 1)
January 22: Chapters 6-8 (Exploring Types 2, 3 and 4)
January 29: Chapters 9-12 (Understanding Types 5, 6 and 7 and Conclusion)