Becoming a Better Bibliophile

I keep convincing myself that I would be a better person if I simply buy another book.

These will make me more godly.

This will make me a better cook (and get supper on the table in time).

No wait, this one.

This will inspire me to be a better wife.

This one will help me nurture my children with excellence.

I need a book to teach me skills I don’t have…and a beautiful notebook with elegant paper for a commonplace book so I can remember what I read.

All I need is one more book, right? And surely I’ll get it read, because I’ll put it in this growing stack.

Or maybe this basket. Depends on where I’ll try to read it.

(Where did that dust come from? How long have these been sitting here?)

I would blame Betsy for making me spend so much money on books, but she would rightly return guilt in my direction.

But what happens? Instead of becoming fulfilled and happy, instead of any of my concerns being settled, I am discontent.

Truly, I am spending more time reading about books than actually savoring ones I have, and my expansive home library is distracting me from the one Book that I need most, the only one that CAN make me a better person.

Yup, this one.

Perfect, converting the soul, making wise the simple.

Instilling patience and meekness in order that I may love my children, teach them what I can and lean hard on Jesus.

Satisfying my mouth with daily bread, revealing plenty in my pantry ““And the Lord said to Moses, ‘What do you have in your hand?’” (Exodus 4:2a).

Thoughts to write on the tablet on my heart which cannot be erased nor marred by enthusiastic scribbles or spilled cups of tea.

What my heart craves is not actually more books or better relationships; rather, it is to see Christ more clearly in all aspects of life.

Open my eyes, that I may see
Wondrous things from Your law. (Psalm 119:18)

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Megan

Megan is Associate Editor for Redeemed Reader who loves nothing more than helping readers (and non-readers) find books which are not only a good fit for them, but also combine Truth and Story. She has never regretted reading all those fairy tales in childhood, even though she didn’t realize at the time how much they matter to real life. Megan lives with her husband and five boys in Virginia where she enjoys knitting, playing with words, and mountain views.

5 Comments

  1. Meredith on May 24, 2018 at 8:02 am

    What a wonderful post! It makes me smile, because we’ve been reorganizing at my house lately, and we’ve gotten rid of so many books! I realized I hold onto so many books, ones that I would probably never read again. But the beauty of God’s Word is that no matter how often you take the time to gain nourishment from its vast store, you come away with newly discovered revelations of the wonders of our Heavenly Father’s provision and, especially, his accessibility. I get caught up in reading other books and unfortunately can find myself neglecting the only worthwhile Book if I allow myself to do so. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Diane on May 24, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for this. I am feeling the same prompting from the Spirit.

  3. Jeremy Sarber on May 24, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Megan, you are not alone. You are far, far from alone.

  4. Katie on May 25, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Megan, C.S. Lewis said, “We read to know we are not alone.” When I read this article, I knew I was not alone. Thank you for your transparency. While there can be value in reading, in technology, in most things in life, it is important to remember to love Him and His Word above all else and seek balance in the other areas.

  5. Christina A on May 25, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    So true! I can also find myself seeking the novelty of a new book or blog post and prioritizing those things over God’s living and active Word. Years ago, I read a picture book biography of Johnny Appleseed wherein he preached “the Word right fresh from heaven.” God’s Word is not only the newest and freshest, but also the most powerful and essential, right? This past year, I participated in an amazing Bible Reading Challenge that has changed my life! There is a summer plan that I bet you would just love: https://www.christkirk.com/biblechallenge/

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