I love books. I have lots of them. Hard back, soft back, digital, used, new, I’m not picky. I love them all. I have a couple shelves dedicated to different genre- fiction (sci fi, historical fiction, pop fiction, Christian fiction etc), non-fiction (cook books, crafts, hobbies, health, diet, exercise, kid care, bible studies, bibles, self-help, gardening and prepping…yes, yes, I know….). If you need information on a subject, I most likely have a book for that. It’s hard for me to get rid of books, even ones I’ve read and wasn’t too thrilled with. I love pursuing books, I love purchasing them (much to the chagrin of my SO) and ultimately putting them on my shelf. But here’s the thing with books: they don’t do you any good unless you read them. I can’t gain the knowledge in them by osmosis. I’d like to think that by having the books, I automatically know more. But here are some lessons I’m learning:
- Having lots of diet and exercise books, doesn’t make me any healthier or thinner.
- There will always be another book about diet and health, you don’t gain anything from those books unless you put it into practice and actually DO what they say.
- Having lots of self-help books (how to overcome depression etc) doesn’t make me happier.
- Having lots of Bible study books on hand will not make me understand God any more unless I actually read them and study them.
I think we’re all looking for the “easy” button. My easy button just happens to be that I have the information, in the event that I actually get to reading it one day.
Bottom line is: You need to READ the books and DO what they say in order to change your life.