I hate to admit it, but since the fall program year began, I have not finished reading a book. Please don't take this as one of those "I'm so busy and important I can't read a book!!!" boasts. I'm actually puzzled and a bit ashamed at my fall off the reading rainbow.
At the beginning of 2008 I decided to take on Beso Mami's reading challenge. I've always been a reader, but there's no question that in recent years I let other things take the place of books, and because I spend so much time multi-tasking it can be hard to find the focused time to disappear between the pages and let the words work on me.
I made it easy on myself and started by re-reading some favorites, just as when I returned to knitting after a long gap, I began with a simple pattern. When I developed RA that same spring, Pure Luck bought the Kindle for me as a piece of adaptive equipment. It's sitting on my bedside table, loaded with books I'm not reading right now, some I've started but not finished ("A Passage to India," "A People's History of Christianity") and others entirely unread and seemingly unappealing.
I'm interested to know how other busy people, and especially pastors, find the time to start and finish books. There's no question that my schedule now is more demanding than in my other ministry jobs, but I don't want that to be my excuse for reading nothing more challenging than the Huffington Post! There are books that would be helpful, fruitful, even needful. There are books that might even be fun.
Maybe I need a happy novel, a little more Precious Ramotswe–or maybe a mystery.
But first I need a block of time to get started. And I guess the only way to get that is to give it to myself.