Many people tell me they don’t have time to read, but statistics say otherwise. Mark Zuckerburg’s recent Q2 report indicates the average American is on facebook 40 minutes per day. Stats tells us that in 40 minutes per day, 5 days per week, an average adult reader can finish 22 full size books! This means that simply by cutting facebook time in half, you can consume almost a dozen real books!

Whether you are an e-reader or old school like me, one fun thing to do, is to build a shelf of books you plan to read in the coming year. Watching the shelf empty is great motivation! Another tip for good reading is to, “Always read with pen in hand.” Mark pages, jot notes, and develop a filing system to maintain what you’ve learned for further use. We walk on the shoulders of those who’ve come before and it is an inspirational quest to learn and retain at least ONE nugget from hours of pursuit!

Each year, I share a few of the books I’m reading. Due to my profession, my favorites tend to be theological or “preachy” but this year I’ve recommended a few that are good for new believers and their families (i.e. My wife, Bre, loves Swindoll’s book Hope Again and is enjoying Ken Sande’s book Peacemakers while my children are on their second trip through Tim Lahaye’s Left Behind series for youth). In my experience, all of these can be purchased for only $1-$3 each online. Enjoy the journey, I’m praying your 2016 is filled with real reading!

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Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children. More @AnthonyGeneWood

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