Books · Jesus

The Art of Beginning

Campers, I had a seven hour train trip, and because I knew I’d get bored (you can only sleep for so long) I decided to bring a book with me.

I used to read much more than I do now, and I think it’s because during high school I would get easily bored with things and reading was a way to have a different life, in a sense. The past two years I’ve been reading less, and I think it’s because I’m less bored, and when I do have time my eyes are too tired to focus on words and I’ve found other priorities (such as playing guitar and blogging and making lots of cups of tea).

But whilst packing for the train, on a whim I threw in a book just in case.

It’s a book that’s been sitting on my bookcase for a few years but I’ve never picked up. I know, I know, shouldn’t I have given it away to an op shop by now? But I have about ten books that I own, and whilst they’re not read, I plan on doing so. Every time I go away on holidays I get through a few books on my to-read list, and it’s very satisfying watching the number of books to read go down.

So this book was a book that I planned on reading at some point in my life when I had a lot of spare time and a bored brain. It didn’t intrigue me too much, it was a book my parents gave me that they didn’t want anymore. So I suppose I was going to read it partly out of obligation, but also partly because it’s a Christian book and that was interesting enough for me to at least give it a go.

Anyway, I keep getting sidetracked.

So I’ve started reading this book and I really like it and I can’t wait to reach the end, and even though my holidays are over, I pray my brain is not too exhausted that I can’t finish this book! (Oh, it’s called “Prophet” by Frank E. Peretti.)

My point is, sometimes we just have to start at the beginning and see where we go. Some books we put down again, because they don’t grab us enough to continue. Others are worth sticking through to get to the point of appreciation for the author. “Prophet” is a book I’m glad I’ve started, because I’m really enjoying it, though I think it will forever remain in my mind as being a book to read on public transport when I’m too bored to do anything else.

Just start at the beginning, campers, and see where you end up.

Sarah xx

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