. . . find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it.
~ John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
It used to be an annual tradition: a post listing the books I had read over the course of the past year. I consider doing it again and pop over to my Amazon account to browse through my Kindle purchases to get a taste of this year’s reads and I realize that making such a list will not be so easy this year.
I reverted back to reading physical books (as opposed to exclusively reading on my Kindle) and I returned to borrowing books from the library. I also read fewer books, chewing and ruminating on a precious few instead of simply reading for pleasure (which I did as well, of course).
So, yes, I could look at the list of actual books I’ve purchased and borrowed and marry those lists with my Kindle purchases but that seems like work. I may, instead, simply do a post of the ones that made a strong impact this year—and there were definitely some of those.
Meanwhile, I’m thinking about seashells (https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-john-pipers-seashells-swept-over-a-generation/) and pondering the wallpaper I put on my laptop earlier this year: one of my photographs with the quote at the top of this post. I’m thinking about what I was feeling and thinking while standing alone at the back of the sanctuary after church yesterday.
And I’m listening.