Read a Book

January 20, 2012

in the generous life

I think I mentioned that one of my new year resolutions was to “read 1/2 hour a day” (this is reading on top of Bible/devotional/study/etc.)  I can read more if I what to, but this ensures that I’m regularly challenged by ideas and that I’m actually finishing books (something that I occasionally struggle with, it’s so fun to find a new book and start reading). 

Then I read 12 Reasons I Have Decided to Read One Book Per Week on Becoming Minimalist.  I was so impressed by his list of reasons (do read) that I am doubly determined to continue to read. (I especially liked 10. Books lead to greater relationships with the people around us.)

So what does reading have to do with being a generous wife?  A quick read through of the 12 Reasons post will give you 12 great reasons, but let’s just say “a growing you” makes for an enjoyable you.  Happy, excited, passionate, curious, generous people are wonderful to be around.  Reading can be a great building block in the process of growing and learning and building a wonderful life with the people you love.

Different season’s of life allow for varying amounts of “free time” for reading.  When my kids were small I would have to leave a book by the rocker or on the toilet and read in snippets of time.  Don’t be overwhelmed by the “book a week” or the “1/2 hour a day” goals of others.  What would work for you?  What do you want to learn?  What inspires you? Do you have a library near you?

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Pay attention to who is influencing your marriage – for the positive.   Who influences you?   (from Encourage Your Spouse)

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A reminder to minimize distractions and enjoy your sweetie ~ Me? Distracted? Did You Say Something?  (from Couple Things)

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Be generous! Lori <><

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Sheila Gregoire January 20, 2012 at 5:42 am

I love reading–but sometimes I get so into books that I forget minor things, like actually feeding my kids. I remember when they were little and I would get them to have cereal for lunch so I could finish “just one more chapter”. I’ve realized novels are meant for vacations in my house, or else I get nothing done! :)

But I do want to read more non-fiction books, just a half hour a day, like you said. They really broaden my mind, and I do enjoy them (and I’m able to put them down). My husband and I like reading out loud together; sometimes he’ll read while I knit, and it’s very relaxing, and then we can talk about it.

Incidentally, I wrote a post about romance novels earlier this week and how to judge whether they’re good for marriage or harmful for your marriage. It may fit in with what you’re saying here!

Thanks for your work with marriage!

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Lori Ferguson January 20, 2012 at 7:13 am

“a growing you – makes for an enjoyable you” OH YES! Love this.

Rob and I spend hours talking about the books we’re reading. It feels so exhilarating to share with him and then he shares with me. We talk about phrases, and ideas, and adapt/adopt concepts – then share with others.

We had lunch with three other couples last Sunday, and I was able to share the book “I Love You, Ronnie” with them. (it’s a book compilation of letters from Ronald Reagan to his wife Nancy) One of the ladies took it home with her to read, and now we have even more stuff to talk about with a larger circle.

(Thank you so much for being generous – your kindness has blessed Rob and me in so many ways.)

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The Generous Wife January 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm

@Sheila My husband just said “another one”. I tend to forget everything else when I’m reading too.

Thanks for the article about romance novels. It certainly needs to be addressed. I thought you did so in a very balanced way. (I either tweeted it or put it as a link to a post ~ I’m traveling right now so I’m not sure if it’s out or in pending.)

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The Generous Wife January 20, 2012 at 10:21 pm

@Lori I’ve had several other people say they liked the book as well. I think it just jumped to my “to read” list.

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