I’m occasionally asked “What do you read?” Which in effect is the same as asking “What do you feed your head?”
I’m glad you asked. Not just because what you deliberately feed your mind is extremely important, but because I’m happy to share with you something of what my brain daily consumes.
Though my daily reading certainly isn’t limited to what follows, my daily, personal reading revolves around four key areas, two of which are from Scripture and two of which stem from other matters, but which often deal with Scripture. Those four areas are: (1) the Psalms, (2) a daily Bible reading schedule, (3) what I have lined up to come to me through Google Reader, and (4) select books.
This year, my reading in the Psalms will consist of reading three Psalms each day (one in the morning, one at mid-day, and one in the evening). I read each of these three Psalms three times: once to understand the text, once to pray the text for myself, and once to pray the text with others in mind. Naturally, the first reading is a “normal” reading while the following two readings are “slow rides.”
Each year’s reading from elsewhere in Scripture is different. It follows the church-wide reading track followed by by the church with which I minister. This year’s reading flows out of the Daily Companion Bible, a devotional edition of the Common English Bible. The reading is five-days-per-week (Mon.-Fri.) and will take me through a variety of OT and NT texts. Each week’s worth of reading centers on one particular theme.
My reading in Google Reader, that is the online articles that come to me through RSS, come from a wide variety of sources, all of which (save a couple of news feeds) are ministry related. If you’d like to see who some of the writers are that come to me via RSS simply read this post.
As to the books I read, they vary but the vast majority of them are ministry or Scripture related. Reading length over the course of a day naturally varies, but I would guess it would be somewhere between ten-to-twelve pages per day on average. Following are five books I plan to read over the course of the next three months.
- The Thinking Life: How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction by P.M. Forni
- How to Read the Psalms by Tremper Longman
- Talking Back to God: Speaking Your Heart to God Through the Psalms by Lynn Anderson
- New Testament Rhetoric: An Introductory Guide to the Art of Persuasion in and of the New Testament by Ben Witherington
- The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation by N.T. Wright
Now that you’ve peeked inside my reading habits a bit, let me ask you a question.
Question: What do you daily, deliberately feed your head in the way of reading?