As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been reading a lot. Sometimes I would read 2, 3 or even 4 books at the same time. And yes, I would finish them all!
When I was 9 years old I made the first discovery of a library in a small village in Moldova. I so loved to spend time in the library. Just the smell of all the books… And yes, I do love the smell of a book, especially a new book, when you just open the pages, and they are still so crisp and new, and the smell of ink and paper just comes at you… I have to admit, I smell every book before I read it. I won’t read a book if it doesn’t smell good. And if I’m bying a book, it has to smell good, otherwise I won’t buy it. I know, I am weird. I’ve known it for a while…
And to this day I love libraries. Some days I just go there to be surrounded by books. Just the atmosphere of a library… When my kids were little, even before they all knew how to read, we would spend part of our Saturdays in the city’s library. There was this really nice kidz corner with all kinds of toys and puzzles and all kinds of books. We would look at the pictures, some days I would read to them. And once my oldest could read, she would read to her sisters. I have very fond memories of going to the library.
I also have to admit, that I’ve collected quite the library myself over the years. But it got to the point where I was reading at such a speed that to keep this up, I had to go and use the library, I just could not afford to buy all the books I was reading. So I decided to just keep buying books from a few of my favorite authors and to get all other books from the public library. And it’s actually amazing what kind of books you can find at the public library. They even have Christian authors, they have all kinds of Bibles and Bible commentaries. So I’ve been using the public library even for our Women’s Bible studies, especially when I’d like to enhance it with some additional info on history or traditions from the Bible.
And then I discovered the “online request” at the public library. Did you know that some books don’t make it to the shelf until maybe 2 or 3 years after the library has bought them? People request books online, and so the book basically goes from one request to the next. And depending on how popular that author or the topic is, you won’t see that new book on any shelf in the library for years… Some people (including me!) put in their request for some books when they are still on order!
But all the books I was reading kept me often from reading my Bible and doing Bible study or spending time in prayer. And so this past August God made it very clear to me I should stop reading fiction books. At first I was devastated, especially when I got the news from the library that certain books from my favorite authors were waiting for me to be picke up at the library. It was very hard to cancel those book requests. But I heard God so clearly saying to my heart: “Those books will be there one year from now.” And so I obeyed, not willingly at first, but I did.
Well, I knew I could not just give up reading cold turkey, right? So I started reading all kinds of books by Christian authors, some books more difficult than others. I’ve decided I’ll be sharing with you some of what I read. Each week I’ll devote at least one post to a book I’m reading.
If you have any good books you’d like to recommend to me, let me know. (But please, no fiction! God made that very clear to me! Thanks for understanding.)
Happy Wednesday everyone!
And to all my American readers:
A Very Happy Thanksgiving!