A Coffee and Some Reading Friday
I’ve set the goal this year of reading 24 books by year’s end. It seems a paltry goal in light of the fact a.) I know people who are set to read 50 or more within the same time period, and b.) I should have oodles of free time to read not having kids. But hey, I read how I read and do what I do, so this is a good goal for me.
I picked up Phillip Yancey’s book Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News? this past weekend and to date I’m finding it to be a thoughtful, “hitting the nail on the head” book. Yancey doesn’t demonize any side, but asks some good questions that are getting me to thinking how I can better convey and demonstrate the genuinely good news of the gospel message. Because honest confession: I sort of suck at it. I can get too caught up (still!) in being “right” and in approaching folks with an agenda in mind instead of developing genuine relationship with them. So yay for a book which gracefully teaches about showing more grace!
I also have plans to re-read Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Like Yancey in his book, Cain does not demonize either side of the coin, but does an excellent job of showing how we – introvert and extrovert alike – can better relate to one another and be comfortable in our skin. Plus, a little quiet is good for anyone, I think, regardless of personality type. But maybe that is simply a case of my introvert showing. (Ha, ha!)
Oh, I also stepped a wee bit out of my comfort zone and bought a biography about a mathematician! You guys, I didn’t love math in school – particularly in my senior high years where it had the nerve to mix copious amounts of letters with the numbers. But I find myself wanting to learn about the men and women who fought to do things without the use of weapons in WWII ( like protect/preserve art and culture as did The Monuments Men). And there’s something fascinating about people breaking an unbreakable code, so it wasn’t too hard of a sell when it came to purchasing Andrew Hodges’s hefty tome Alan Turing: The Enigma which is the basis for the movie The Imitation Game.
Then there are the books by people I know (!!) that I’m also looking forward to reading at last, namely The Slaves Have Names: Ancestors of My Home by Andi Cumbo-Floyd and The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker. Even though I’m older than both of them, I find myself wanting to spin together words and stories the way they do when I grow up.
What about you? What are you reading or have you read or are you planning to read that you’re looking forward to? Feel free to share your recommendations here, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
And have a happy Friday! I hope you find at least a little bit of time to read something good.