“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30
Why a Book Nook?
How does one go about loving the Lord with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength? There are many ways that we can answer this question, but for the most part, I don’t think the answer is found spending countless hours staring into a television set. Yet, I have spent a much larger portion of my heart and mind on television than I would like to admit. Way too often I come home from work, grab the remote, plop down and stare blankly at the vision before me. Television is convenient, but what I really need is some downtime to rest my body, and something uplifting to refresh my heart and mind after a long day at work. This is where I find that a good book accomplishes what TV rarely, if ever, can do. But where is a good book when you need it?
In her book Inkheart, Cornelia Funke says that, “Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” Like most people, I only have so much time, and the time that I do have, I don’t want to spend on a book that isn’t worth the tasting. For me, a good book is one that teaches me something new, refocuses my thoughts, or makes me look at something from a different perspective. But best of all, is when a book does all of these things while encouraging my faith and drawing me closer to God.