Reading is good for you. Who knew?

This is definitely one of those "Why didn't I start doing this sooner?" things for me. I didn't like reading growing up. It always made me feel sleepy and I couldn't focus on what I was reading. It was the weirdest thing. I could read words with my eyes, but at the same time start day dreaming about something else entirely. Before I knew it, I was at the bottom of the page and I had no idea what I just read. Some might call this A.D.D., but I don't think it was a diagnosable problem. It was simply my inability to say "no" to the rest of the thoughts in my mind to say "yes" to paying attention to what I was reading. A little laziness and a bit of immaturity on my part.

But I noticed something about me that changed when I started being more intentional about my reading. The best way I can put it is I felt my mind was "sharp". I was able to comprehend the world around me better and was able to stay focused for longer. Maybe it is that I have been learning to focus for longer while I'm reading. It certainly has been a challenge not to pick up my phone multiple times while I'm reading, but I try my best to leave it alone until I'm finished with a chapter. I was surprised at just how much could wait till I was finished.

Do you like reading? If so, what kinds of things do you like reading? Fiction? Non-fiction? Self-help books? Philosophy? All of those are great genres to be picking from. One of my favorite fictional books is "House" by Ted Dekker. It's a thrilling book, and it's the only book that has ever made me literally jump out of my seat.

Yeah, I know...

Lately, I have been reading a lot of books in the "self-help" genre. I really like reading about learning better and living life in a different, more intentional way. I guess I also like that many of them prepare you for the future and don't just deal with the present. One of my favorites in this genre is "Boundaries" by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend. I really needed this in my life years ago, but now that I read it, I can see why I've made some of the tough decisions I've made when it comes to my relationships with my family. It's always hard to put healthy boundaries up with those who you are closest with.

The last book I'll recommend is "He Loves Me! Learning to Live in the Father's Affection" by Wayne Jacobsen. If you ever feel shaky about your relationship with Christ and you feel as though you'll never stack up to anything in His eyes, this book explains all that away. He loves you no matter what your current circumstances or frame of mind is. He never asked us to follow His commands so He could love us. If you read this book, you'll find it is quite the opposite. He wants you to allow Him to love you and following His commands are only a wonderful byproduct of a loving relationship with Him.

I hope some of these books have peaked your interest. All of them are really good reads. If you want any more good book recommendations, I am always reading. Right now I am reading "Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul" by John Eldredge and I am really liking it! It sheds so much light on our current generation's problem with manhood and what that really means. It means so much more than woodworking and being able to kill your dinner and drag it home all on your own. I'll just say that.

If you haven't started reading a new book lately, please consider it. And if you have, then stay sharp! They are more than just words on a page. They are potential just waiting to happen to you.