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We discuss books on Tuesdays at “A Sista’s Journey”:

Every quarter we will either have a weekly book discussion or a monthly book recommendation. The books chosen for weekly book discussions will be short and cheap, but well worth our time and their purchase price. I will make a weekly summary post for each chapter for us to discuss. The quarterly book recommendations will be a little more challenging. I will write a summary post at the first Tuesday of each month highlighting a take-away from the book. During the off weeks, I will be posting a book review or sharing with you from other books I have read or am reading. I hope that you can grab a book and join me for these interactive discussions.

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

Why do I Love to Read?

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 books, “Charlotte’s Web” – the anxiety of Wilber’s struggles; how his friends rallied to help him; the sadness of Charlotte’s death; and the since of loss when all of her children departed, leaving poor Wilber all alone to grieve; and then being surprised that a few of them actually hung around to be his friends.  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: reading gives us the ability to visit places that we may not personally experience in our own lives.

Reading also takes me some place else that 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 me to learn.

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

Reading keeps 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 hear it said all of the time, that “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, 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 cause me to break into a song or prayer. During the summer months, I like reading books that are light and fun.

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 2011