I am really into reading right now. How long has it been since you’ve just sat down for a bit with a good book and gotten lost in another life or another time? My favorite place to read is sitting at my patio table with a cold drink, my dog at my feet, my feet propped up in a chair and the feel of a book in my lap as I lose myself in the storyline. What are you reading right now that you are liking?
I set a goal for myself for 2011. I have decided to read 30 books for pleasure. I am now on book #10 and it is the end of April. I think I’m doing pretty well. My girlfriend, Jeanie, gave me a book for my birthday by Francine Rivers called A Mother’s Hope. I don’t usually read books containing any truly historical nature. This one begins around the turn of the 20th century and I admit I’m truly enjoying this one. I’ve never read any of Francine Rivers. But if Jeanie gave it to me then I am gonna use it. It is about the generational curses that pass from generation to generation. A young girl leaves the abusive home of her father to follow her own dreams and change her life. However, as she marries and has a family of her own she finds herself being just what she hated most in her father.
I find myself identifying quite a bit with Marta, the girl in the book. I think we can learn a lot by the mistakes of the adults in our family as we are growing up. We don’t have to use the excuse “that’s just the way I am”. We can break the cycle of those learned behaviors and in turn NOT pass down those inappropriate traits. A few years ago I did Beth Moore’s Breaking Free study and learned so much about myself that it was petrifying. But I feel like I truly broke some of those generational curses so that my children have a new history to write.
That’s what I’m enjoying most about Marta in this Francine Rivers book. It’s a reminder that you can’t just ignore the mistakes of the past. You have to correct them so that your children can have a better future and learn to make better choices in their future for their children.
What are you reading right now that you are learning from? I’m taking suggestions. I still have 20 books to go for the year. Check out my On My Nightstand tab to see my recommendations. I have much to learn and it’s a great adventure.