Last month, I wrote a post about taking 15 minutes each day for reading.  A month and a half into 2009, I want to tell you that, in only 15 minutes most days, I have now read a total of five books and am in the middle of the sixth!  So, if you think you don’t have time to read, I want to encourage you today that you do have the time.

Let’s face it.  I spend more than 15 minutes each day answering e-mails, playing on Facebook, and watching television – and I’ll bet that you do too (or other similar time-wasters).  Reading a good book is so much better for us in so many ways – it increases our knowledge of the world, stimulates our minds, increases our vocabulary, can lower our stress levels, and basically helps us become well-rounded people.  How often can we say that television and Facebook do those things?!

I plan to keep this pattern up throughout the year.  What about you?  Care to take the challenge to read for just 15 minutes each day?  Of course, you may find that you love reading so much more than these other mindless pursuits that you read more than 15 minutes some days…

Books that I have finished in 2009:

Sex and the City Uncovered: Exposing the Emptiness and Healing the Hurt by Marian Jordan

The Sister Circle Handbook: Discover the Joy of Friendship by Nancy Moser and Brenda Josee

The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers by Michael A. G. Haykin

“A” is for Alibi by Sue Grafton

A Walk with Jane Austen: A Journey into Adventure, Love, and Faith by Lori Smith

Practicing Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Othersby Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock (currently reading)