Just watched the Grand Budapest Hotel.
I will make time for reading, the way I make time for meals, or brushing my teeth.
I will make an effort to carry a book with me at all times.
I will read whatever interests me. I will read novels. I will read poems. I will read essays. I will read short stories. I will read memoirs. I will read magazines. I will read newspapers. I will read comic books. I will read self-help. I will read street signs. I will read ads. I will read instruction manuals. I will read old love letters. Etc.
I will read whatever the hell I feel like. No guilty pleasures.
I will try to clear my mind of expectations before I sit down to read. I will give each book a chance.
I will turn off my fucking phone.
I will be a good date, but I will not let an author waste my time.
I will not finish books I don’t like.
I will let boredom ring like a gigantic gong.
I will throw a book across the room.
I will read with a pencil. I will underline. I will dog ear. I will write in the margins.
I will massacre a book if I need to.
I will copy down favorite passages in my own hand, to know what writing the words feels like.
I will re-read favorite books the way I watch favorite movies and play favorite records over and over.
I will make lists of books I want to read.
I will take a deep breath and understand that it is IMPOSSIBLE to read everything.
I will toss “The Canon” out the window.
I will keep a list of books I have read. I will share this list.
When I find a book I love, I will shout about it from whatever mountaintops I have access to.
When I find an author I truly adore, an author who makes my gutstrings vibrate, I will read everything they have written. Then I will read everything that they read.
If I hate a book, I will keep my mouth shut.
I will make liberal use of the phrase, “It wasn’t for me.”
I will ask people what they are reading. I will take notes.
I will keep stacks of unread books at the ready.
The minute I finish a book, I will start a new one.
I will go to the library. I will go to the bookstore. I will get lost in the stacks.
I will read bibliographies. I will let one book lead me to another.
If I need to read for information, I will browse and skim and Google book reviews.
As often as I can, I will read out loud to someone I care about.
I will not lend out a book if I ever want to see it again. If a friend asks to borrow a beloved book, I will buy and mail them a copy.
I will not harbor the delusion that being a reader makes me a superior person.
I will not suffer under the delusion that the act of reading alone makes me a better person.
If I don’t feel like reading, I’ll go do something else. Maybe even — gasp! — watch TV.
We cannot use electric lights and radios
and, in the event of illness,
avail ourselves of modern medical and clinical means
and at the same time believe
in the spirit and wonder world of the New Testament.
Notes from one of the sessions of my DTS teaching.
1. More Strengths, Fewer Weaknesses
2. Healthier Teaching
3. Lightening the Workload
4. Being Pastored and Accountable
5. More Safety Together
6. More Support from the Church
7. Less Sting from Unjust Criticism
8. More Encouragement in Difficulty
9. More Stable in Transition
10. More Sanctifying
11. Greater Joy Together
12. Together Under the Chief
(from Desiring God