One of the highlights of driving around during furlough was getting to read a few books for personal growth and enrichment. First, my travel companions and I read through Orphanology This book provides a biblical perspective on how the church can care for orphans in their community and around the world. It was a challenging and encouraging read.
A second read was a quick pick from a book store we raided as we passed through Lafayette, IN. The book is called Shopping for Time by Carolyn Mahaney, Nichole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore, and Janelle Bradshaw.
The authors had me at the teaser paragraph on the back cover, “Overwhelmed. Miserable. Exhausted. These are the words that women often use to describe their busy lifestyles. How can you keep up with all the demands of work, family, and ministry? Carolyn Mahaney and her three daughters offer biblical hope to women who truly desire to glorify God with their time.” The book did not disappoint. By reminding me of biblical priorities, offering camaraderie in the challenges of balancing life we all face, and continually pointing to examples who have done it well, it refreshed by heart. I’m looking forward to implementing the advice found here and rereading it again in a few months to find a couple more ways to grow in my stewardship of the gift of time God has given.
By the way- don’t use the “I don’t have enough time to read a book” excuse on this one… It’s only 96 pages long including title pages and footnotes. 🙂
Up next… A Passion for the Fatherless by Daniel J. Bennet
For years I have used the “no time for reading” excuse. I’m thankful I’ve been challenged to put away that excuse and read books again- for fun and for sharpening. All it takes is finishing one page at a time and the rewards far surpass the time invested.