We haven’t had cable in many years, and have even cut Netflix within the past few months. Our only source of television is a digital antenna and Hulu Plus. That may seem like it doesn’t afford a lot of selection, but we still watch more TV than I think we should.
What we feed into our minds and entertain ourselves with is important. I have recently trimmed a lot of my “regular” shows because of the language. I am trying to quit swearing, so why would I consume entertainment that is full of curse words?
Most of the television we watch is mindless entertainment. Sure, there are some GREAT educational resources on Netflix and Hulu, but lets face it, I am watching a lot more Dr. Who and Nashville than National Geographic.
So one of my goals for this year is to watch less television, and read more. I have always been an avid reader, but in the past few years I have very little time to read. In between the hours of TV I manage to find time for, anyway.
While I don’t have this habit conquered yet, I have made a conscious effort to read at least a little bit (besides my daily Bible reading) ever day. Here are a few books I have read, am reading, or am going to read this month.
A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
You may remember this story from the news a few years ago. Jaycee Dugard was 11 years old when she was kidnapped while walking to her bus stop. She was held captive for 18 years, and her rape and torture began as soon as she was taken. This book is a memoir she penned in order to reclaim her life and childhood from her abductors.
This book was not overly graphic, but it was horrific to read. Tears streamed down my face imagining what this girl went through at 11 years old. She ended up giving birth to two daughters while in captivity, and is now struggling to live a normal life with them. I couldn’t put this book down and got through it in less than two days. It is an uncomfortable read, but an amazing story of survival. I don’t know if I will ever let my daughter out of my sight again!
Capture His Heart: Becoming the Godly Wife Your Husband Desires by Lisa Terkeurst
It is so easy to blame my husband for the problems in our marriage, but the Bible specifically tells me that I am called to be a Godly wife no matter what. I am not all the way through this book yet, but I think it will change my marriage.
The only person we can control is ourself. As much as I may want my husband to change a certain behavior, There is nothing I can do to make him. And he may never change that behavior. That does not release me from God’s command about how I am supposed to act as a Christian wife. Lisa’s book is easy to read and gives some practical insight into what our role is as a wife and how we can support our husbands. And if OUR behavior changes, who knows, our husbands might change too.
The Four Year Career: How to Make Your Dreams of Fun and Financial Freedom Come True Or Not … by Richard Bliss Brooke
This book is a must read for anyone in an MLM or direct sales business. I have been an independent distributor for Young Living since April, but I still didn’t totally understand the compensation scale, or how an MLM business worked. This really laid it out for me interns I understood. There IS a Young Living specific edition of this book, but the one I linked references many, many MLM companies.
This book definitely helped me to set goals and plan a future for my Young Living business!
I have a couple more books that I picked up at Goodwill that I may or may not get to this month. One is about Walden Pond. The other is a biography about J.D. Salinger, which is really interesting. But the pages smell funny so I may not finish it.
What are you reading this month?
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