There is no other combination of words in the English language which will get me chatting away, even to perfect strangers. With the possible exception of, "Are those pictures of your grandchildren?". I think it was Gordon MacDonald who opens conversations with young pastors with this question (regarding books, not grandchildren). He says he can tell where someone is in their spiritual walk just by the books they are reading, as well as the books they are not reading (as in not taking time to read).
I'm still chipping away at the Winter Book Challenge but like any true bibliophile (and particularly homeschool moms who are bibliophiles), I get distracted easily. My husband and I were at Barnes & Noble a couple weeks ago where I found Thomas Kinkade's book called The Art of Creative Living; Making Every Day a Radiant Masterpiece on the clearance table. I had wanted this book for awhile but it is not one I would pay full price for. I very much enjoyed one of his other nonfiction books about finding simplicity in our lives so I was looking forward to reading this one.
It has not disappointed me. While not a deep theological book by any means, Kinkade points one to the Creator in each chapter. I especially found his chapter about childhood to be thought provoking, how God uses our childhood experiences to form us into the person he wants us to be. I have a few more chapters to read, most likely it will be finished later this evening. Then I will get back to 1776 with David McCullough (perhaps one of the most gifted writers in this or the last century!). That man can bring history alive!
So, I will ask of you...read any good books lately?