Millennials don’t read as many books as we should. And Millennials also aren’t as busy as we convince ourselves we are. Sure, I could chalk up my lack of page-turning to the busy equation...
... but I’m convinced that if I read the books I already own, not only would I stumble into the most inexpensive hobby, but I’d also be taking huge steps forward in my own personal growth. It’ll only cost me time. And time I have.
Somehow I’ve been blessed to have a Netflix-style library at my disposal. OK, I suppose I can give credit to my Grandpa (who doubles in life as my “book dealer”). Between him and my course work, I have an insane amount of books in my personal library, filled with classics, both fiction and nonfiction.
So for the next 52 weeks, I plan on reducing the amount of time I spend skimming blogs, and instead sitting down and digging into 52 books. Here’s my plan on how to do this, and I’d challenge you to join me.
One book at a time.
I’ve catered to a lack of attention when it comes to reading, simply because I dive into a topic instead of a book. So instead of hearing one author’s voice all the way through, I’ve started many books on the same topic and finished none of them. One book at a time means I’m focusing my attention to one author, one story, one big idea.
One genre at a time.
I hope to mix up my reading list to include fiction and nonfiction, the profound and the simple, the practical and the philosophical. But never back-to-back. I know myself too well… I want to read a certain style, but I hope to grow in my appreciation of literary diversity and thought development.
One tribe at a time.
My friend Jacob Sweeney, who just started out on his church planting efforts and blogs here, wrote a post that I resonated with. He says,
Much of my work at Wheaton is challenging me to read those outside of my tribe. But I’m taking Jacob’s advice seriously, and I plan on reading stuff from outside of my small slice of Christianity. And I know it’ll be challenging and I’ll have much to wrestle through. But I see the wisdom in it.
One review at a time.
To help me stay on track, I’m going to tag short book reviews on this blog. That way you can play along at home.
Next Week's Book: How God Became King, N.T. Wright
On Deck: Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis