I… I love movies.
When I’m not speaking, training, or writing, I’m at my desk all day reading journals, articles and studies about youth culture, ministry or parenting. Being completely honest… the last thing I want to do at the end of my workday is pick up a book and read for “relaxation.” If I wanna relax I’ll hang out with my kids, go kayaking, or plop down with Lori on the couch and watch something fun.
I know some people like reading for relaxation. I do it on occasion (usually because I have to)… but I just don’t enjoy it. I wish I did.
I know… it’s ironic. I’m an author… and I don’t like reading. Books offer so much more than the articles and journals I frequent. For example: Yesterday I received an email from a Christian group complaining about how our country was founded on Christian principles and it needs to return to those principles. Some guy was quoting Thomas Jefferson and James Madison and putting words in their mouths. I researched a bit and found an MSNBC guy who bashed the Christian guy and said that he made up all of the quotes. (Sigh.)
My brother Thom loves this kind of stuff, so I emailed him and basically asked him, “Who do you believe!” He told me that both of these guys were irresponsible and invalid sources on the opposite ends of the spectrum, and then he wrote something that made me laugh out loud:
The answer to your question about finding truth was said best by Oliver Platt in the movie Lake Placid: “They conceal that information in books”
If you read a good peer reviewed book on Thomas Jefferson or James Madison, you will at least get the facts. You will also get many different conclusions. You may disagree with many of the conclusions but, the truth is that (guy in article) can’t even get his facts straight.
Thom’s a man after my own heart– quoting a movie to convince me to read a book.
I need to start reading more books.