God will be certain that … Sure, even the books

God will be certain that … Sure, even the books

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My friends, have you exchanged books?

Last week I visited three of my young friends (and their mother). I exchanged wildflowers from my garden for books from my friend. #win win

I also persuaded their girls to read Farmer Boy, although it's not about Laura. We discussed how many books with my name in the title (their shelves had B for Betsy, Betsy Tacy and Understood Betsy). And we visited the rabbits and chickens.

Earlier this summer I borrowed stacks of books from young friends. I received some textbooks I borrowed last year and handed over some new ones. I took an algebra I textbook from a friend and bought a huge chemistry book from another.

At the moment our library has been closed for more than 4 months. And yet we were not without reading material. We also had good reading material. As a bonus, trading books was a way to maintain relationships during this period of social distancing. After all, book lovers have been associated with favorite books for centuries.

I recently panicked about the continued closure of our library. What would my teenagers read for fun this year? What about the lectures I wanted to check out of the library? After all, they fit perfectly with our history studies. What about the new books that I want to review for my job here at Redeemed Reader?

My friends, the Lord always takes care of it. Even books.

I looked around our home library shelves: full of books. Nobody in our house has read every book in our house. And because I'm trying to buy only the books we want to reread (as opposed to the casual leisure reading we get from the library), most of them are worth rereading, even those that do we have already read -read.

George MacDonald's fairy tale (all in several editions). The Hornblower books. Madeleine L’Engles Time trilogy, books by Gary Schmidt, classic Star Wars novels and the Master and Commander series. Books by R. C. Sproul and C. S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton and Jerry Bridges. Harry Potter books. Little women, little men and Jo & # 39; s boys. The entire Anne series along with the Emily series. A box with Jane Austen's novels, Dracula, pilgrims at Tinker Creek, Beowulf, Treasure Island, The bark of the bog owl, The Winter King, Christy, Unbroken, The Queen of Attolia, The boys in the boat, lots of poetry books.

I will not list all the books we have on hand. Some of the above are books that belonged to me (or my husband) in childhood. Some are copies of our parents' childhood. Others are fresh from the press. Spanked paperbacks next to cool vintage hardcover and razor-sharp new copies. Of course, there is no shortage of reading material, even if our library remains closed for a year!

But there is another problem: satisfaction.

My friends, books are not saved.

It is easy to put yourself in the “perfect book list” syndrome, especially if you are leading your child's education this year. Curriculum providers and homeschool experts love to pack everything neatly for you:

Read these 5 books for the best experience in third grade American history.

If you really want your child to get a good education, this list of “25 classics that must be read before the age of 12” is a must.

How can you claim to have treated high school American literature without reading the Scarlet Letter?

However, our goal as Christians is not to blindly follow someone else's recommendation. We want to seek God, to love God with all our heart and soul, all our minds and all our strength, to love our neighbor as ourselves. We should glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Part of that is trust in his care and what he might want to teach us, and not what an external source says is a "must".

Instead of striving for the wind (or the perfect reading list), I choose to enjoy the Lord's ample care. Perhaps this is the year we read all of George MacDonald's shorter fairy tales or reread The Princess and the Goblin. Perhaps my son ends up reading Swallows and Amazons on his shelf for which he hasn't had time. Maybe my daughter discovers Christy the same age as me (and with the same well-read copy). There are two (out of five) of us who have not read the tripod series and three of us who have not read the tripod series Mistmantle books yet. Maybe I'll finally read Chesterton's orthodoxy.

We'll get to that The girl who drew butterflies or The boy's book or some of the other medieval titles that I thought were fun? Frankly, it doesn't matter.

The only thing that needs to be read is the Bible. Everything else is sauce.

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