It is not often that I am able to take some time to just “read for fun” (who does that anyway – no offense to those of you that do). I guess having been in some form of schooling for 7 years has left me not wanting to read because it became a “chore,” not something to dialogue about. However, this week as I have been vacationing at the beach, I have taken the time to read a book by Lillian Daniel, who I had the pleasure of meeting at the 2014 North Carolina Preaching Festival. Daniel wrote the book, When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough. There are so many witty, yet informative phrases that have hit me square in the head like the V-8 commercials:
Daniel’s writing has inspired me to “dog-ear” many pages to go back and write about. And it inspired me to come up with my “not-so-clever” series title, “When Leisurely Reading is Not Enough.” This means, that when we read, there is a response to the reading. The reading, in some way, strikes our hearts to speak out or for what has been said. For me, Daniel has solicited a response from me to write about this reading and what it means for me as a pastor.
If you don’t have a copy, I would love to buy you one – but there will be too many people requesting – so I encourage you to purchase a copy and enjoy reading for leisure, but recognizing it’s not enough to just read, but to learn, grow, and respond to the reading how best you see fit!