I've finished two books in the past few months. The second one wasn't very long and I read most of it on the bus a few weeks ago going on the choir trip. The first book "Introverts in the Church" I found really interesting and insightful. I also found it encouraging knowing that I'm not just some weirdo... there are other people like me who just don't get energized by being with people all the time. My lifestyle has forced me out of my shell more and more, and there are times when I really enjoy people... like my jobs at the High Schools, for example. Teenagers are different from others. They are passionate, funny, crazy, sincere, teachable, etc. Still, when I get home at the end of the day I need (crave) some quiet for a little while before I can jump right into something else.
The other book I read and just finished is called "Walking With a Shepherd" and was written by a Pastor's wife friend of mine. I was amazed at how similar our struggles have been and pleased to see how they have come out the other side and are now flourishing. I've been challenged by her and others to not let bitterness take root in my heart but to trust God (who knows all things) to make everything right some day. Again, like the afore mentioned book, it was refreshing to read and find myself within the pages. I'm not grateful for my friend having gone through (with her husband) what they went through, but I'm glad for the comfort and reassurances I found in her writings.
Now it's time for something totally different. I may actually get around to reading the mystery novel a friend loaned me. Or perhaps I'll finish one of the many books I started months ago! (Harry Potter, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy)