A Daily Reader

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A Daily Reader

I get a surprising number of requests from people asking for suggestions about what they should read to stay culturally savvy as a thoughtful creative.

So–today I’m sharing my daily reading list as a way for you to think through what you might read each day.(We’ll get to weekly and monthly reading next).

At first it may seem like a lot. But if you take it in bite size chunks, I think you’ll find:

¢â‚¬¢ it doesn’t take that much time;
¢â‚¬¢ gets your spirit and mind ready for the day;
¢â‚¬¢ the cumulative effect is you’ll be better prepared for daily life.

I recommend doing your reading first thing in the morning–it is quiet and prepares you for the day¢â‚¬¦

So here is how my day starts¢â‚¬¦

1) I start with Bible reading with selections from the Old Testament, New Testament, a chapter from the Psalms and one from The Proverbs everyday. Whether you read through the Bible in a year or three years, this is how every day should start. AND if you read one chapter of Psalms daily you’ll read through the Psalms twice a year (because there are 150 chapters) ¢â‚¬¦and if you read one chapter of Proverbs daily, you’ll read though Proverbs 12 times a year (because there are 31 chapters in Proverbs).

2) I also use a a daily devotional series every year. This year I’m reading “A Year with CS Lewis,” Daily readings from his classic works (Harper SF).

3) To keep my education broadened, this year I am also doing a short, daily reading from a new book called “The INTELLECTUAL DEVOTIONAL.” EDITED BY DAVID KIDDER.This is an overview of the important things everybody ought to know about History, Literature, Visual Arts, Science, Music, Philosophy and Religion. Each day’s reading is less than a page and can be read in about five minutes.

4) I always read through a book of prayers each year and this year it is George MacDonald’s Diary of An Old Soul. With MacDonald you get the benefit of reading a little poetry every day in readings that are a blend of prayer and meditations.

Before I continue, let me acknowledge that if you’ve had no daily reading plan¢â‚¬¦what I just outlined sounds overwhelming¢â‚¬¦ I myself did not get started with this much reading each day¢â‚¬¦I started with Bible reading and added other elements over time.

The important thing is to get started. You have the time and ability–but for this to happen you have to make it a priority¢â‚¬¦

Some people think nothing of going to the gym an hour a day OR of watching three hours of television a day.

When Jesus said TO LOVE GOD WITH all your spirit and mind, I think he meant it, and a daily reading program is one way to do it—it is like a one-a-day vitamin for your soul, mind and spirit!

So–now we get to the final elements of your daily reading¢â‚¬¦

Everyday I skim through At LEAST TWO NEWSPAPERS, a local and national.

Since I live in Seattle I read the Seattle Times¢â‚¬¦

I also read the New York Times every day.

When it comes to newspapers, you should skim through each section of the paper and select a few articles to read. It is really important to read outside your comfort zone, so get into every section of the paper.

Headlines
International, National, Regional and Local News
Sports
Business
Science and Technology
Arts & Entertainment
Lifestyles. Cooking. The Comics.

If you can’t take time to read an article –get in the habit of clipping it out, sticking it in a folder and reading it when you get home that night¢â‚¬¦

So–what I just described is the reading I do every day at the start of the day.

Why do I think some of you are thinking what King Agrippa said to the Apostle Paul: “You are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you insane!”

All I can say is in a day of biblical and cultural illiteracy a daily reading program like the one I just outlined can help you overcome illiteracy¢â‚¬¦one day at a time¢â‚¬¦

(Oh and by the way, I don’t get all my reading done everyday and I don’t beat myself up about it.)

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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