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Wow, I slept for 15 hours….I guess I’ve been extremely exhausted from the last two weeks of ministry with planning and preaching for our church retreat, officiating the wedding, our ongoing VBS decorations and regular teaching and preaching.

So here’s a lighter post that I wanted to ask readers the following question:

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A lighthearted weekend reading review…because sometimes Pastors need a break from heavy reading also.  This evening’s book is on..reading!

Maryanne Wolf. Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World.  New York, NY: Harper, August 14th 2018. 272 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

This is a book about reading and the medium one uses to read (digital, print, etc) and how it affects our brains.  The author Maryanne Wolf writes in a rather informal style of “letters.”  No matter the format the content of the book and what she has to talk about is fascinating and worth reading.

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As I minister to people the question comes up from time to time of how to read more when life gets busy.  I use to share my post  that directed people to a guest post I wrote for another blog.  Unfortunately that blog has ceased to exist and I thought it was regrettable since the website owner did a good job editing the grammar for my essay (I am notorious with bad grammar).  Fortunately I found a web archive online that saved the page so I was able to reproduce the improved  written version.  I also got to expand the article to include two more points!  So below are ten things that helps one read more when life gets busy.

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A weekend leisure reading review…because sometimes Pastors also need a break from heavy theological reading!

Francesco Francavilla. The Black Beetle: No Way Out.  Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, August 27th 2013. 152 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I almost didn’t read this comic book.  After all who wants to read a superhero that’s named after a bug (beetle) that I find gross?  But the pulp feel of the comics in which the stories takes place in early 1941 and the beautiful colors and artwork that I gleamed from flipping through the book made me reconsider to give this comic book a chance.  And boy did the writer and illustrator did not disappoint!   I give this work a five out of five since the writer and artist Francesco Francavilla gave us a new comic character, a wonderful story and an interesting mystery.  I also appreciated that this book had a noir mystery feel and yet it was clean.

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It’s going to be a busy weekend of ministry for me with our annual church clean up on Saturday while on Sunday I’m also preaching at another church after I’m done with my local church’s own church service.  In the middle of it all that I need to finish my sermon preparation.  So this is a quick post.

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This is a review of two volumes of a Comic hero as a break from serious and deep reading.

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Matt Wagner.  Green Hornet: Year One Vol 1: The Sting of Justice.  Runnemede, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, November 16th, 2010.  140 pp.

This is the first comic book I read on the character “Green Hornet” and it has left me hooked!  This tells the story of the origin of the Green Hornet and his sidekick Kato.  Set in the early 1920s and 1930s the illustration and the colors definitely enhanced the experience of reading this work.  But it was the story telling that I most appreciate from the book.

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For Christians its important to read.  To read the Bible. To read books on the Bible.  To read books that would help with Christian living.  To read books to know more about God.  Many Christians get this.  Many Christians might feel guilty.  Sometimes one’s life is also very busy.  How does one read more books when life is busy?  This post is meant to be pastoral, practical and encouraging.  I admit I haven’t arrived so if you have other ideas and advice please share.  So here’s my thoughts.

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