I’ve always loved reading books. And my wife and I have tried to instill that love in our children. We took them to libraries when they were tiny Timms. In fact, I’m surprised that one of them wasn’t born between two bookshelves.
The discipline of reading is essential to the survival of a society. Illiteracy erodes generation after generation, until–like the Hebrews during their darkest days–a generation comes along that’s ignorant of their heritage because they have no want (or ability) to read the documents in which that once great heritage is captured. That’s why illiteracy in the USA, and in the church overall, has such catastrophic consequences. illiteracy breeds ignorance, which breeds contempt, which breeds apathy, which breeds the lack of ability or desire to think.
I’m convinced that every writer should be a reader. We should read often, and read widely–daring to step out of our genre. A few of my favorite writers–such as Deborah Raney, Nancy Mehl, Karl Bacon–are not just suspense writers. Their books contain suspense, but they are very good in so many other areas (romance, or historical fiction for example). But I learn from them…the way they describe things, use different interesting phrases to describe things, etc… I love to read Terri Blackstock and Brandilyn Collins. And not long ago, I read The Stand by Stephen King. I learn so much about writing by reading people who excel at it. And I’ve been a Sherlock Holmes addict for years. Is there a support group for that?
Why do you love to read? Why do you want others to love to read? Why do you want others to pick up a copy of your book and read it?
Please share your answers with me. I’m looking forward to reading them. I might just learn something.