When I was on staff at the Missouri Baptist Convention, I was assigned leadership of the church library program for the state. It developed into one of my greatest pleasures in working with the volunteer women and men who directed the work in their own congregations and in the statewide network. It also planted a seed to get my Master of Arts in Information Science from the University of Missouri, a program that I recently completed (M-I-Z…).
Reading is an investment of time. An engrossing book can means late nights and bleary mornings. Then there are titles that seem to steal time you’ll never get back. People differ on whether you should stop reading (tinyurl.com/517MATI-3) or soldier on to the end (tinyurl.com/517MATI-4).
Of course, you could cheat. The American Library Association shares Jessica E. Moyer’s “How to Read a Book in 10 Minutes” (tinyurl.com/517MATI-5), or you could go all out with Pierre Bayard’s “How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read” (tinyurl.com/517MATI-6).
Church and public libraries – which offers titles for free, justa reminder – have staff that can make suggestions based on your interests, and may access to subscriber services to further help you. As much as the librarians I know love to help people, most don’t encourage calls at home whenever the urge strikes you to find a title! For those times, here are some options:
Goodreads.com and LibraryThing.com are online communities where you can share reviews and get recommendations, including Christian works. Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com include “Customers who bought this item also bought” suggestions. All of these are also available as apps.
Looking for an eBook? Bookbub.com notifies you of free and discounted books of your taste. And OverDrive.com and Hoopla.com -- both apps -- allows you borrow eBooks and audiobooks (and in Hoopla's case, TV, movies, comics, and music) from your library.
When it comes to reading — and finishing — books, keep in mind what Billy Graham said: I’ve read the last page of the Bible; it’s all going to turn out all right.
Ken Satterfield, a former media specialist, is Word&Way’s Advertising and Marketing Coordinator.