If the saying "Junk in, junk out" is true, then spending our time reading stuff that does not have any good value would that mean that we were conditioning our brains to have less of a thirst for good values in our everyday life, right? If all one reads is Harlequin romance novels, wouldn't one begin to think that they are missing out on the "good" stuff in real life that they read in the fictional books? I am inclined to think so. Not that recreational reading should ONLY be instructional, moral teaching, and spirituality books, BUT if one would take the time to make the reading list balanced with a good mix of fun, easy reading with a nice selection of spiritual, moral, faith-based books, one could be considered more well rounded in character.
Now with that said,
I personally have a list of books that I have
read, or am reading now. Most of them are not,
"holy-how-to" books necessarily, but they are very enlightening.....so
far. Here is my list of current reads:
CS Lewis: The Great Divorce, I've now read it twice
The Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2011, completed it in one year
Michelle Buckman: Rachel's Contrition, an edge of the chair mystery!
GK Chesterton: "Orthodoxy"
Thomas Kempis: Imitation of Christ" this one I keep at my bed for constant reference
along with the Bible :)
The Magnificat magazine,
The Word Among Us, my husband and I read the readings each morning at breakfast
Any favorites to share?? Please leave a comment!