Friday, August 13, 2010

..across the room for some thought provoking reading...

It's summer! My idea of summer is that the days should be long, slow paced, and they should include colorful salads to eat, blue skies, laziness, sunshine, lemonade, and books! I've already finished a few books and here is the rest of my list of books to read during the next few weeks of summer...."Out of the Depths" by John Newton (an autobiography); "the Six Miracles of Calvary" by William R. Nicholson; "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert; "Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck, M.D.; "Cast of Characters" by Max Lucado. My reading material basket includes a journal for writing down anything I want to make sure to remember, and a Sudoku Book to give my brain a rest!! It also includes my Bible and Oswald J. Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest".
My first pick is "The Road Less Traveled". I've just begun reading it. His very first sentence intrigued me and I have had a hard time putting it down. "Life is difficult" writes Peck. He maintains that once we 'get' that life is difficult, understand and accept it, then life is no longer difficult and that's because it just doesn't matter any more. Since life is basically a series of problems that need to be solved we need to discipline ourselves to solve these problems. Peck teaches that discipline involves delayed gratification, accepting responsibilities, dedication to truth and we all have at our fingertips ready to be used to solve the difficulties of life! That's just the beginning. I can't wait to really get into this book to see what else he has to say. His style is easy to read and understand. Who knows....I may even decide to write a book report later :)
Enjoy the rest of your summer and especially your books! I know I will!


Renita said...

O-o-o-o-o ..... when you're done with Peck's book, I'll borrow it, OK? I'm almost finished reading his other book "A Glimpse of the Devil" and have thoroughly enjoyed his writing! "The Road Less Traveled" sound more practical and something useable.

Have a WONDERFUL and safe vacation, BOTH of you!

Jobina said...

I just finished Eat Pray Love, do you want to borrow it? I wish I had more time to read, the last 5 months I've basically watched tv lately though I've tried to read a bit. Even if I don't agree with what I'm reading, it still feels really good to read. Ah, stretching the mind!

Elayne said...

I'll be glad to pass the book on to you Renita. Jobina, I already bought a copy for myself so thanks but I don't need to borrow yours :)

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