Friday, December 30, 2011

Reading Books Together

I've always been an avid reader. Perhaps not a productive reader, but I've always been reading something. The only time I remember not reading is when I was 3 or 4 and discovered my uncle was dyslectic. I didn't know what that meant. All I know is we were visiting and I asked him to read my favorite book to me (Richard Scary's What Do People Do All Day at the time). I had the book memorized even though I couldn't read it. He was unable to read and tried to wing it. I threw the 3 year old version of the BS flag. My kids are fairly smart, but seem to have a little more tact than I did at their ages.

This past Spring, a friend and I decided to begin a regimen of reading books together. We agreed to pick a book and read a certain amount each week. Then get together weekly to talk about it. For our first book, it worked out to be a chapter a week. We recently started our second book.

It's been fun. I assume we'll stick to non-fiction books. It's interesting not only to discuss what stood out to you in a book, but to see what someone else gets out of it.

Our first book was Randy Alcorn's Heaven. We ended up stopping around Chapter 32 and finishing the book independently. The last several chapters were like micro-subjects, where he delved deeper into ideas brought up earlier in the book. It became less productive to take the book in chapter sized bites.

For our next book, we're doing The Life of Abraham Lincoln. There is a free Kindle edition available.


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