I love reading and it’s my belief that reading is the key to … well, just about anything.
As someone once said, “Readers are leaders.” I think there’s a lot of truth to that.
I’ve written two posts on reading where I talk about the importance of books:
On this page, I’ll post what I’m currently reading. When I finish a book, I’ll do my best to transfer it into the Finished Reading tab.
- I was given this book in 2009 by a dear friend of mine who wanted to encourage me in my writing. Since then I have discovered that I am not only a writer, but a budding visual artist as well. Granted, I’ve only written a few blog posts and I’ve only painted six pictures, but I know I want to do more. Madeleine L’Engle’s (Author of A Wrinkle in Time) book will be my companion as I delve deeper into the artistic side of me. I encourage you to check it out, too, because there is an artist in you as well. Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art.
- C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy has been on my bookshelf for years. I’ve never read even one of them. But that’s changing. Last month, at art class, my friend Melanie told me about a book that discusses the spiritual imagery and implications of Lewis’ writings, especially the Space Trilogy. But she suggested that I read the Trilogy before reading about the Trilogy. I agreed and put Out of the Silent Planet in my suitcase. To my delight, Michael and I are reading it aloud on our sabbatical.
- Last December I signed up for an 8 week drawing class. A beginner, beginner’s class. The teacher used this book as her text. I was amazed at how quickly I learned and what I was capable of. Before this class I could barely draw a straight line. Something was opened to me that I never, in my wildest imagination, knew existed in me. The ability to draw. Honestly, it’s not any talent I possess, it’s the methodology that brought it out of me. I’m now wanting a refresher on what I learned and to take the skills to a deeper level. Hence, I’m reading and working through the exercises in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Betty Edwards, not only teaches you how to draw like a professional, but also shows how tapping into your right-brain increases your thinking skills and, best of all, increases happiness. Give it a try.