According to my dictionary, a bibliophile [bib-lee-uh-fahyl] is "a person who loves or collects books, especially as examples of fine or unusual printing, binding, or the like." I can't say my taste in books is toward the "unusual" or expensive -- except for the fact I like purchasing them rather than checking them out from the library, as they, being the media specialists, seem to get ticked when you write in theirs or, even worse, commit the cardinal sin and turn down a page corner. But since "booklover" and "one who reads habitually" are also included in the definition, I think it's safe to confess, "Guilty."
It's not unusual for me to have several books going at one time. And it's also not uncommon to have a book mark stuck in assorted and various ones just waiting to be picked up again ... because I got interested in something else. Quite frankly, that's one of the reasons I keep a list of my books in the column of my blog. It makes me finish it, because I won't record the thing until I've read the last page and closed the back cover. But very often, I've wanted to comment about a book ... somewhat like a review, to let the reader know if I enjoyed it or not. Whether its worth the time. Thus "Friday's Volume." I won't be posting something every week because I don't read a book a week. Sometimes I linger over them. Others are meant to be read over long periods of time -- like today's choice. And quite honestly, I never took the Evelyn Woods Speed Reading course. I ... read ... every ... word.
So here's my first Friday's Volume.
This week I've also been encouraged to ask for the grace to be free of my own preoccupations and to be open to what God may be saying to me.
And then I turn to the day's passage. Sometimes it may be as lengthy as 10-11 verses. Or it could be only two. I read it several times -- normally out loud. I linger over it. I ask questions of the text. I place myself there. If need be, there are "helps" with the text that might move my thinking in a certain direction.
What is stirring in me as I pray?
I share my feelings with Him.
And each time ends with the doxology:
If I knew how to include stars in this text, you'd see 5 of them.