Sunday, March 17, 2013

the Power of BOOKS

*sigh* books. the great equalizer.

Okay, I'll be honest. I don't know what that phrase "the Great equalizer" means. but it sounds good. The way I mean it, is this: books can make me a better mom, or a better wife, or a better friend. They can help me solve my child's sleep problems or have a new kid by Friday or help me understand the way they learn. They can give me power! The Power of a Praying Parent! The Power of a Positive Wife! Basically, books make me believe that if I just read them, I can do anything! The shiny covers are so filled with hope, so filled with promise.

There are just a few problems:
1. I'm a really slow reader. Usually by the time I finish the book I'm reading, the problem has either solved itself, or replaced itself with something way more serious.
2. Once I read the book, I need to actively APPLY it to my life. It's not enough to just know what to do; I have to actually do it.
3. I hate reading.

Just yesterday I got back from the Hearts at Home national conference.  I had a pretty good time! Lots of information about parenting, how I could be doing it better as well as how I'm not so bad already. There was a huge vendors area with lots and lots and LOTS of books for sale. I swore I wouldn't buy any books. I went home with two. So, two books aren't terrible. Maybe I can read them. Then I got home and looked at my bookshelf of all the OTHER BOOKS I've said the same thing about. Maybe one day.... Maybe when I get some free time.....

For now they make great coasters.

Texan Mama


Foursons said...

I love books too. I love to buy them, hold them, smell them, thumb through the pages, and read them. It's so hard to get rid of them though and I have a huge collection that is overwhelming.

Gigi said...

I think I see your problem. Look at the types of books you are buying. Those are not books meant for enjoyment. Those books will not transport you to another place and time. For me, reading is for pleasure. And that's what I expect out of my books. Sure, some are only read once but some are read over and over and over again because they bring me joy.

Glad to see you dipping your toe back into the blogging world. ;-)

Heather said...

I agree with Gigi, books are for pleasure! I am an avid reader, but could never get in to reading books for advice or to help me!

Jennifer said...

I'm kind of surprised you are not a reader, but Gigi is right. Books are supposed to be fun. They're not supposed to tell you all the things you are doing wrong.