As 2014 unfolds, I hope that doing more reading (long-reading, not tweet-reading) is among your resolutions for the new year. The following are a few links that I thought might get you started as you fight to gain traction in your new habit. Enjoy:
- A NOVEL LOOK AT HOW STORIES MAY CHANGE THE BRAIN: For those who think novels are for high-school teenagers and idle minds, I hope this study will convince you otherwise: “Many people can recall reading at least one cherished story that they say changed their life. Now researchers at Emory University have detected what may be biological traces related to this feeling: Actual changes in the brain that linger, at least for a few days, after reading a novel.” WARNING: The article may be a bit nerdy.
- BEAUTIFUL IN ITS TIME: R. C. Sproul Jr, “I don’t remember everything I read. I don’t remember the great names and dates of history. I do, however, remember the layout of the basement of a family’s house we visited once, when I was nine.”
- CNN ANCHOR BATTLES HER SKIN AND WINS: Zain Verjee’s story is beautifully written and compelling. Even though God is not explicitly mentioned in the article, those with eyes to see Him cannot miss the strong implicit presence that runs like a thread weaving the whole tapestry.
- YOUR MOST COURAGEOUS RESOLUTION FOR 2014: Jon Bloom, “A resolve is not a vague intention, like “one of these days I’m going to get that garage cleaned” or “I’m going to read the Bible through this year,” but without any clear plan to do it. Resolves are intentions with strategies attached to them.”
- Finally, as hard and harsh as it may sound, GOD MAY NOT HAVE A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE, and that’s okay. Melissa Edgington, “Life is hard, even when you’re a Christian. Even when you try to love God with all your heart, bad things will happen. Terrible things will come. And, this is the danger in telling each other God has a wonderful plan for your life. Because there are just too many moments and hours and days and weeks that don’t feel like a wonderful plan. They feel like an awful plan.”
That ought to do it for today. I really do hope and recommend you make reading (books) a lifetime resolution. It is one of those investments you will never regret.
Have a blessed day and a Gospel-driven 2014.