There is no such thing as too many books for those of us who love to read and explore. My personal library of books on shelves and in closets is well over 2,000. A wonderful lady named Mickey Allio cataloged my books for 15 years or so. She made an old-fashioned library card catalog of each book by title, author and subject. Mickey, along with Mary Harlan, Alice Emminger, Irene Gant, Raedelle Plummer and Pansy Beaman, created our church’s versatile library. I weed my garden of books about twice a year. I place those books in a box to give away or sell. I cannot bear to see a book destroyed. I take heart in knowing that I’m not alone with my enjoyment of books. One of my mentors said that any book was worth the price if it provided a good sermonic story. I still use that excuse.
While on a recent minister’s retreat in Virginia, I took a day to spend time exploring the life of Thomas Jefferson. I went to his home, Monticello, and listened to the young tour guide tell of Jefferson’s great love for books and how buying books put him in great debt. I saw the library room he had built for his books and the book carousel he invented to read multiple books at his desk. At one time he was so in debt that he sold most of his books. Almost immediately he began buying more. He could read in five languages. I spent most of the day at Monticello. Then I went to the University of Virginia to see the campus Jefferson designed and founded with his friend, former president James Monroe. The famous rotunda was under repair. Two-hundred-year-old buildings need constant help. Because of the repair work, the copper dome of the rotunda under the roofing material was exposed for all to see. Like opening a book, there was a wonder to behold.
Some people tell me they have not read a book in a couple of years or more–too busy, too tired, too many shows to watch. Wander through a library, visit a bookstore or let me give you a book. What would you like to discover today?
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Read a good book. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.