I enjoy reading but I have a very bad habit of reading to many books at once. I typically have 5 books going at one time but I feel that I benefit less from what I am reading because it takes me so long to finish each book. I confess I am a "mood reader". What I mean, is I like to read different genres depending on the day. I remember reading something I think by C.J. Mahaney....that it is better to read one book and apply it to your life then to read many and do nothing with them. Though I wouldn't say I do nothing with the books I read, I could definitely benefit more from reading less at one time. So my plan is to allow my self only 3 books at a time. This doesn't mean I have to read three but that I can't read more than that. One of these books will be a biography or fiction. I like to have a book I can read anywhere or be interrupted and it doesn't matter. When I am reading a book that is teaching me truth I like to be uninterrupted. I tend to read those in the evenings or after my quiet time if the kids are still sleeping. I also enjoy reading something worth meditating on before I exercise.....then I can spend that half hour focusing my thoughts in that way. I love reading Spurgeon in the morning!
So here are the three books I am reading now.
From Grief to Glory by James W. Bruce given to me as a gift by my friend Melanie. Grief has become a part of my life since the death of our son and our struggle with secondary infertility. God has used it to build intimacy with himself...for my good and His glory! This book shares the stories of those who grieved like Luther, Spurgeon, Calvin and more.
I am also reading Helper By Design by Elyse Fitzpatrick. I want to be reading books that will grow me in my marriage and parenting. I have just started this book recently. I hope to post about it every chapter or two. It has questions at the end for thought and application. She even asks you to summarize each chapter in writing for your own benefit.
Lastly I am reading a biography called Leaving the Saints by Martha Beck. She grew up in the Mormon church and it tells the story of why she left.
I am also looking for some good fiction to explore. I enjoy historical fiction but not when it is mostly based around romance. I am not really into science-fiction unless it has strong character development and plot. Any suggestions for fiction are welcome!