Several weeks ago, I read a couple posts about slowing down and reading and writing. I made a note to share them with you. It’s been six weeks. I’ve been too busy to slow down and think about reading and writing. But I just finished a project I’ve been involved with since February, and it’s time to pause.
I met Michael Sampson in this online space nearly a decade ago. He writes about collaboration and productivity, particularly in business. But he’s committed to faith and family, and I look at his writing to help me think Christianly. He wrote On Reading Books and then pointed to an article by Hugh McGuire which explained How making time for books made me less busy. They both talk about the value of reading books printed on paper.
I know that I talked the other day about people who don’t use reading books as their primary way of taking in information, including the Bible. However, some of us do like to read. And perhaps, some of us are discovering that we aren’t reading books because, like Hugh and Michael, we are skimming through our digital feed.
I’m doing an experiment this month of reading one chapter from Proverbs each day. Most days I use paper. A couple times I’ve used my iPad. It’s different on a screen. Not sure better or worse, but it’s different. We’ll look at that later. (Chime in if you have experience with that difference.)
On that same day, I read Wouldn’t that be nice by my friend Leanne Stewart. She talks about reading from the Bible in the morning and then getting reminded of it later in the day. It’s a perfect illustration of a practice called lectio divina (read my summary here). As Leanne illustrates, reading can take us to meditation, prayer, and contemplation. As important is it is to hear or read scripture, we can have our lives changed by going further in.