I’m reading my second novel of the week.
I love reading novels—especially those that are well written and historical.
I usually read them on two occasions: on long flights—uninterrupted immersion is delightful–and when troubles weigh me down, when life discourages or confuses or just hurts.
I suppose, if I were sufficiently trusting God, I shouldn’t need such a diversion. So I guess I am still learning and growing.
I began the first one—Chop Shop by Tim Downs–on a flight from California to Florida on Sunday night—and stayed up late Monday night to finish it. I love Tim’s kind of crazy, very imaginative, slightly dangerous stories.
The second one—A Presumption of Death: A Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery by Dorothy Sayers–I have just begun. Set in early WorldWar II England, it is an intellectual thriller.
Novels let me escape-briefly–the things that discourage, the thoughts that push me down. They let me trade the world I’m not too happy with for a world somewhere else. I love going deep into the story.
For me it’s like taking a deep breath. It’s a respite—a little vacation. It gives my mind and emotions a break.
Then I can return to real life, usually with a lighter heart and more settled mind.
And then I seem ready to better listen to what God wants to say to me in the turmoil.
What about you? What helps you settle mind and emotions?
C2012 Judy Douglass