If you ask my mom, she'll tell you she instilled a love for reading in me when I was very, very young ... and she's right. She did. And I hope that I am instilling that same love for reading in my children.
During daylight hours, there really is no time for reading, what with a full time job, four kids and a full volunteer schedule (and a full heart for 200 kids in Ethiopia!) as well.
But once the kids are in bed, and the lights are turned off, my bedside lamp gets switched on, and I settle into the pillows within a soft circle of light ... and read. Sometimes for 20 mintues ... and sometimes for a few hours.
So here's what's on my nightstand right now ...
I've actually finished all of these books (so I need to replenish the stack!), but if they are especially good, or if they have several profound nuggets of truth or revelation that need further thought or examination, they'll remain on my nightstand until I can circle back again. I underline as I go, so finding the nuggets again is made easier.
"One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp is one that I will be circling back to savor again.
Gratitude for daily gifts and momentous, life-changing experiences is one thing ... but gratitude in the face of loneliness, despair, boredom, tragedy and poverty???
It's one thing to read it and get your head around it ... it's another thing to get your heart around it and actually LIVE IT. EVERY. DAY.
Katie Davis (22 year old mom to 14 orphaned children in Uganda) is striving to wrap her head and heart around this as well and she wrote about it in her Amazima blog on Friday March 4 http://amazima.org/blog.html
So, since we're talking books. I stacked a few of my favorites from this past year in case you are looking for some profound reads to add to your nightstand.
I start to get a bit restless and uneasy when the stack of books on my nightstand starts to dwindle. It's time to replenish.
So - what's on your nightstand or on your top 10 "must read" list. I'd love to know!