Why I Read

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Unless you don’t know me very well yet you probably know that I am a book geek… no, really… I am. It has always been that way. For the last 9 years or so I have upped the ante even by my own standards. I’ve been reading at least a book each week.

An honest and fair question would be… why spend so much time reading? I have asked myself that question repeatedly of late and thought I’d share some of my thoughts here. This is why I read:

  1. to practice humility… learning from others indicates I don’t know everything
  2. to make spiritual progress… I want to keep growing
  3. to understand divergent viewpoints… this year Atheism & Buddhism
  4. to hone my teaching gifts… learning to speak in a way that is understandable
  5. to learn from great people’s stories… this year Obama & Billy Graham
  6. to stimulate myself intellectually… my reading grandmother lived to 99

In closing I share my favorite quotation on the subject. It is written on the bookmark I use to keep my place in whatever book I may be reading each week. Erasmus said, “When I have a little money I buy books… if any left over I buy food and clothes.”

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