My first blog of the new year is a confession of sorts. I like reading. Always have. And now, in my role with Thomas Nelson, I’m like a “kid in a candy store.” According to a dictionary of idioms, this suggests the subject is very happy and excited about the things around them, and may even react in a way which is silly and not controlled. I’ll fess up to being happy and excited, but the rest I’ll leave for others to comment on.
I am surrounded by books, consuming a crazy amount of this “candy,” and encouraged to load up my backpack and consume like, well, you get it. Wow!
In all honesty, there’s a part of me that wishes I could write one of those “Top 10 Books of 2010” posts, but I’m just too exhilarated to get that serious. Can I walk down the candy aisle with you and just point to some of the treats I’ve enjoyed so far?
- Over there is We Be Big, my most recent read. It’s an entertaining book about the personal and professional journey of the infamous Rick & Bubba radio team. I laughed and shed tears as I walked with them through the story God is writing in their lives.
- And The Skin Map, by Stephen Lawhead. How have I not read one of his novels before? What a great author.
- Robert Whitlow’s The Water’s Edge was a page-burner! I’ll definitely be reading more by this guy. I found myself either longing to hang with the protagonist or realizing that in many ways I already do. He was that real.
- And for the baseball fan in me – reality is I don’t follow the sport at all – there was Pujols, A fast read that reveals a heart for God and an understanding of how God has gifted him for the cause of the kingdom. Turns out he’s quite a baseball player, too. Who knew?
- And those three over there? They are the first three in a young adult fiction series by Andrew Klavan. I couldn’t read just one. Literally. I finished one and immediately started the next. Hurry with the final volume, Andrew!
- Pete Wilson’s Plan B is a very important message that resonated large with my heart. As Manning’s Ruthless Trust, it addresses what Brenning calls “the enormous difficulty.”
- I wish I could stop longer and tell you how I savored so many of these. There are the two modern parables by Andy Andrews, The Noticer and the upcoming The Final Summit, Todd Burpo’s Heaven Is For Real, John MacArthur’s Slave, Lis Wiehl’s suspense novel, Hand of Fate, Phil Cooke’s Jolt!, George W. Bush’s Decision Points, Brennan Manning’s The Rabbi’s Heartbeat, and several early manuscripts, including a great one by Bill Bennett.
- And then here, at the end of the aisle, two of my favorites. The biographies Bonhoeffer and Defiant Joy! (G. K. Chesterton) are absolutely delightful, deeply satisfying reads.
Maybe by the end of 2011 I’ll be ready to compile a Top Books list. Then again, maybe I’ll just continue enjoying the seemingly endless selection of candy, filled with gratitude for the opportunity.
Thanks for scurrying down the candy aisle with me. And thanks to the early educators who taught me the wonder of imagination, solitude, refuge and hope to be discovered in books.
Happy New Year, thanks for reading my blog, and here’s wishing you some rich reading in 2011!