I'm a reader. Those who know me know that. In a year I will easily read 30+ books and typically have 3-4 books going at a time.But, I’m slowly making a transition. No, not away from reading, but rather what I'm reading.My whole life I’ve read science, psychology, theology, theory, and development books. Most of these books are formulaic and/or philosophical in nature. In truth, I try to stay away from formulaic ideas. However, if we are being honest these formulas and philosophies don't always work.
A truth we all know is that our lives and their outcomes are not formulas or philosophical intangible ideas, they are stories written in flesh. We are a story formed people.
The gospel is not a three-point sermon, it is a story, a story that we are invited into.
The universe is a story of relationships from the subatomic level to the macro. So, after reading a few of the books I am already in the middle of, I am trying to commit to spending a year only reading stories.
I’m beginning this story journey with Brother’s Karamazov by Dostoyevsky about family, loss, betrayal, and redemption, within Dostoyevsky's work, I plan also reading the Idiot.
One of my favorite authors is Wendell Berry. However, I've never read any of his stories, so I plan on starting with Jayber Crow, about a young man who thought he wanted to be a minister but he was struggling with Questions the church didn’t want to face or talk about, so he dropped out and became a barber and actually there ended up grappling with the questions he had and found his calling.
Finally, and to be fair, I'm starting the third of the series, but one can't really commit to a year of story without committing to the great The Harry Potter series.
If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. As you can tell, even with the HP series, I'm interested in reading stories with a good message. If, like me, you have never really read stories because you felt like you were wasting time, let me challenge you, pick one up, and begin.