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On Tuesdays, we discuss books at “A Sista’s Journey”:

I will either feature detailed book reviews, briefly highlight books that I am reading, or engage in a chapter-by-chapter or themed book discussion. Click the links above to see previous features and discussions.

When hosting a book discussion, I will make a weekly summary post each week to launch our discussion.

In the meantime, I thought you may want to know:

Why I Love Reading

As a young child, I would spend hours reading. Whenever we took a family road trip, I had a book in my hand. I remember one of my favorite children’s books, “Charlotte’s Web” – the anxiety of Wilber’s struggles; how his friends rallied to help him; the sadness of Charlotte’s death; the since of loss when all of her children departed, leaving poor Wilber alone to grieve; and then being surprised that a few of them actually hung around to befriend him. Grace. I felt like I was on that farm (minus the smells of course) and that Wilber, Charlotte, and all of the other characters were my friends. That’s what reading does: it transports us to different locations and gives us the ability to briefly engage that which we may not experience in our personal lives.

Reading intellectually takes me to another place I can never physically go, into the mind of another person.

Reading keeps me humble. It reminds me that I don’t know everything. It reminds me that others are speaking and there are appropriate times to listen for there is always more for to learn and understand in this world.

Reading keeps me thankful by revealing tragedies that are far worse than anything I have ever experienced.

Reading makes me hopeful as I see people triumph in spite of adversity to beat the odds.

I read because I’m a leader and a teacher. I frequently hear it said, “Readers lead, and leaders read.” As a leader, reading challenges me and builds my vocabulary. It helps me better articulate my thoughts and makes me sensitive to the thoughts and emotions of other people. Reading helps me pay attention to the details on a page, but also to the details of my own life. Reading helps me know God and gain a better understanding of who He is and what He purposes are for His world in which I am a small part. This understanding and acceptance, of course, is a never ending journey.

I read because I love books. I like turning pages, underlining, highlighting, and writing in the margins. I like getting excited about something that I have read and sharing it with a friend over lunch. I love reading and stopping for an “Aha Moment!” I love books that inspire me to write, pray, or break into a song.

The most important book to me is the Holy Bible “for everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope (Romans 15:4 NIV).” At “A Sista’s Journey,” I want to share the truths of the Bible, so that you too can have hope.

Love, Natasha

© Natasha Sistrunk Robinson 2014