The Joys of ReadingSometimes reading is a breeze and you can just while away the hours between the pages of a book. I love those days when you can lose yourself in a story, maybe even enter another world a la The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Then there are times like I had this month when I started a couple of different books and went bleh . . . and set them aside.

One of the highlights I did find was a book by Charles F. Stanley, a pretty safe bet if you want a good uplifting book. He finishes the trio of radio Bible teachers who I used to listen to, joining Max Lucado and Chuck Swindoll. Dr. Stanley’s writing is a little more formal than theirs. Max Lucado is the king of coming up with a memorable illustration. Chuck Swindoll, in Saying It Well, did a terrific ob of tying his teachings to an episode in his life.

In Living the Extraordinary Life, Dr. Stanley gives us nine principles to help us become the masterpiece God created us to be.

Masterpiece. Imagine that. God created you. He has plans for you. You are not some afterthought or mass-produced commodity. You are a masterpiece.

If we could only accept that and let it show in our lives.

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I keep a list of the books I’ve read and the majority this month is nonfiction. That is misleading because I’m also reading a great anthology, Masterpiece of Mystery and Suspense (1988) compiled by Martin H. Greenberg. He has collected stories from forty of the finest mystery writers from Poe and Christie to P. D. James and Steven King.

These are short stories so they give me a taste of the different styles of this legendary writers. But, I’m not sure it’s wise of me to be reading them at night.

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So that’s what I’ll be reading. I hope you have found a book or books that you are enjoying crawling into. If you have a mystery or a world you would recommend that I read, please leave me a note.

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