Over Christmas I was looking through my bookshelves and started tossing the books I’ve read over the last year and a half into piles. Fortunately, most of them were recommends, so the pile I would pass on to you is larger than the other two piles. The recommend pile would be even larger than in the photo, but some of them were Kindle books and a number of them are out on loan right now. =)
Among the pile of books I would recommend I would say all of them were life changing. Some of them changed very small areas of my life in small ways. Just kind of a tweaking on ways I could improve. Other’s changed big areas of my life in bigs ways and made me look at the way I do things from a completely new perspective.
All said, I thought I would spend a few days over the next few weeks and do a short little review of some of my favorite books. I don’t want to go over the whole book, but just wanted to write a quick paragraph on how the book helped me, and a little diagnosis of what kind of person would find this book helpful. If you’ve read any of the books I go over or read similar ones I would love to hear about it!
The first book I thought I would talk about is Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by: Tony Reinke. Tony points out that if you read one book a week, or 52 books a year for the next 50 years you will only have time to read 2,600 more books before you die. I only read about 40 books a year and probably won’t live another 50 years, so that number will be lower for me. Some of you might read even less than that. He also points out that there are over 28,000,000 books available in the English language.
With those statistics in mind Tony has an amazing guide that helps decide which books you should read, how you should find those books, as well as how to get the maximum benefit out of them. He talks about varying your diet between Christian and secular books, fiction and non fiction, and what other reading should be in your diet. He also talks about how to make it easy to find time to read books.
This book offers extremely valuable insight into the benefits of reading (many which you won’t realize till you read it) as well as how to instil the love of reading into your children. All said, this book was in my top 5 reads this year and I would recommend you jump on it before anything else.