Thinking: Buried in books, and no time to read
January 25 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Thinking: Buried in books, and no time to read | Friday, Jan. 25, 2002

Friday, Jan. 25, 2002

Thinking: Buried in books, and no time to read

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

My first love was books. Long before I first started paying attention to girls, I fell in love with books. Big books, little books. Seuss books and science books. Adventure books and educational books. I once read all six volumes of the "Child's World Encyclopedia." I even started on the "World Book Encyclopedia" dictionary, but I couldn't keep up with all the plot changes. I read the Bible through long before high school, along with most of the science fiction books in our school library.

Books can take you places you've never been.

Books can teach you things you didn't know.

Books can touch your emotions, stretch your mind and expand your horizons.

I love books, so long as they're not by William Shakespeare. I've probably bought thousands of books, and read even more.

These days I face a real quandary. My job gets me all sorts of books for free, but I don't have time to read them.

Publishers like the idea of getting inexpensive publicity for their products, so they often send unsolicited "review copies" to newspaper editors. Others will send a catalog and let us choose the books we find interesting.

It leads to the same problem I have in a buffet line. I wind up with far more books than I have time to read. I have three stacks of books in my office now, all of them calling my name.

There's Taylor Field's account of church planting and ministry on Manhattan's lower east side in "A Church Called Graffitti," and a couple of interesting church administration books like "Size Transitions in Congregations," edited by Beth Ann Gaede, and "Conflict Management in Congregations," edited by David Lott.

I'm also interested in more heavyweight books like "A Baptist's Theology," edited by Wayne Stacy, and Theologians of the Baptist Tradition, edited by David George and David Dockery.

I've been meaning to read James Johnson of Fayetteville's "Combat Chaplain: A Thirty-Year Vietnam Battle" for months, but it's still on the shelf beside Calvin Parker's The Japanese Sam Patch. So are "Food and Love," by Gary Smalley, which tweaks my curiosity, and Jess Moody's "God, If You Have a Plan for My Life, Where Were You Last Thursday?"

And that's just the top of the pile - not to mention the 66 books of the Bible that I need to read more often.

Since Christmas, I have managed only to read through "Finding God in The Lord of the Rings," by Kurt Brunner and Jim Ware, along with two editions of James Draper's book on biblical authority, a science fiction novel by Greensboro's Orson Scott Card, and Robert Alter's new translation of Genesis.

I started on Michael Blackwell's "A Place for Miracles," but then Margaret Brouillette's "Famous Jerks of the Bible" showed up. Who could resist that?

Some books we read for love and others for laughs.

Some we read for learning, and some we read for life.

I'm looking for a book called "Finding Time to Read Made Easy" - and hoping I can find time to read it.

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