I’ve been trying to be more intentional about reading lately. Moving my TV out of my bedroom has helped a little, and I’m also working on keeping a rotation of the kinds of books I’m into going. See, I am incapable of reading just one book at a time, but too often that means I end up with a stack of 7 unfinished books taunting me from my nightstand. So I’m trying to limit myself to 3-4 books in these categories:
- Nonfiction (usually theology or history).
- Audiobook (usually comedy, but not always).
- Spiritual/theological, if not already taken in spot #1.
This seems to be working pretty well so far. It gives me enough variety that I’m not bored while keeping me from totally overwhelming myself. And here’s what this system has allowed me to finish lately:
1. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson
Everyone–and I mean everyone–needs to read this book. And I mean needs. Good grief. Just Mercy is gut-wrenching and inspiring, horrific and hopeful. Bryan Stevenson is an incredible witness not only to the need for change in our justice system but also the need for healing and connection in each one of us. He puts a magnifying glass up to the brokenness in our prisons and communities and then turns it on his own life and heart. I have no words for how incredible the story and the storytelling here is. Go read it.
“There is a strength, a power even, in understanding brokenness, because embracing our brokenness creates a need and desire for mercy, and perhaps a corresponding need to show mercy.” — Bryan Stevenson