I set some goals (not resolutions) for 2012 to stretch myself a little. My goals had much to do with reading. I’ve liked to read since the eighth grade when I read my first book cover to cover. The name of the book was “Pilot Jack Knight”. I loved it. Since then I have loved reading.
Reading is something that takes discipline in today’s busy lifestyles. My life is as busy as anyone’s I would think.
I pastor a church and that is a full time job. I’m a husband to my beautiful wife of thirty-two years. I’m the father of three grown children, two of which are still at home. I like to play golf, which I’m doing less and less. And, I have all the other task of the normal American male. Since Felicia has decided to go into the work force I now do the cooking at least three days a week and sometimes more, sometimes less (not often).
My reading goal for this year is to read fifty-two books, one per week and to read the Bible through. So far this year (as of February 15) I’ve read thirteen books with a total page count of 2,958.
Here is the list of books that I’ve read so far, in order.
Killing Lincoln, Bill O’rielly
The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
Fasting, Jentzen Franklin
The Fasting Edge, Jentzen Franklin
Change, Count on It, Bill McDonald
Weird, Craig Groeschel
Radical, David Platt
Soul Print, Mark Batterson
Crazy Love, Francis Chan
Think, John Piper
Beyond Justice, Joshua Graham
Primal, Mark Batterson
Wild Goose Chase, Mark Batterson
I am up to date on my Bible reading as well. In addition to reading I’ve had an experience I didn’t expect when I set my goals. I’ve written a book. It’s over 40,000 words and now I’m going back over the book reviewing the notes and suggestions from the dear lady who is editing the book. To say it’s been a busy month and a half would be an understatement.
I’ve only played gold once this year and the television is rarely turned on. Taking care of the yard and the pool has suffered. I’m going to have to do something about that soon.
I love to read and now I’ve discovered that I love to write. I have seldom felt the satisfaction that I’ve experienced in the writing of “The Eye of A Needle” my upcoming book. Satisfaction and fear I must add. When you write a book the fear is that if someone does read it that it won’t make sense or they will think that it’s poorly written. I have thought of what it would feel like to go to the book at Amazon.com and read all negative reviews. I don’t think that’s going to happen but it does cross the mind.
“Eye of a Needle” will be available soon via Amazon.com has a hard copy or a Kindle version. I hope that you will plan to read it when it’s available. Oh by the way. I’m already thinking about my next book.