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At the start of 2017, one of the goals I set out for myself was to read. Don’t get me wrong: I read all the time, but my goal was to intentionally read books.
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This goal was about quality reading not quantity.
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I found in this fast-paced, social media-driven world that I was too-often reading lines and posts and headlines, but seldom reading for depth, understanding, reflection. I had this bad habit of starting books and never finishing them because my schedule was too jam-packed.
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This past year I gave myself permission to put down my smart phone and feel the delicious pages of books between my fingers. I let my kids play at the beach or the park, while I read. I spent Sunday afternoons reading for long stretches. I brought actual books with me wherever I went. I underlined and wrote rambling notes in the margins. These books became my companions, my journals of sorts.
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And now I have a stack of books that I actually read. These 10 books especially have been a part of my 2017 journey. They have challenged me, encouraged me and inspired me. They have walked me through grief and helped me see God’s glory. I hope you will explore some of them too. {Full list on the blog: Link in profile.}
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6 Comments

  • 7w ago tara_dickson tara_dickson

    Such a good goal!

  • 7w ago danielle.comer danielle.comer

    I started doing the same towards the end of the year, carrying a book with me everywhere I went. And instead of grabbing my phone or watching tv at night, I picked up my book 😊 I'm going to continue that into this year! And I can't wait to check out a few of these that you mentioned!

  • 7w ago everyday.natalie everyday.natalie

    Going to check out your list 😊

  • 6w ago trailrose trailrose

    I picked up 3 of them :)

  • 6w ago dorinagilmore dorinagilmore

    @danielle.comer It’s a good discipline but sometimes so hard! I’d love to hear what you’re reading!

  • 6w ago susanbarico susanbarico

    Bringing actual books is THE key. 😘

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