Books, Books, Books

old.booksYesterday Our family was so excited!!! I’d looked out the back of our public library, where the older books are kept, and found a real treasure! Six of Graham Oakley’s Church Mouse books, some of which we hadn’t yet read! We hussled home, and squashed up on the couch. We laughed ourselves to pieces!

Today I’m so excited! I just finished counting our family’s books, and the total is…. 2,190!!! I had problems with freezing cold rooms and the issue of whether or not pamphlets/ magazines etc. are books, but it was well worth it!

Tomorrow Mum is holding a meeting outside our local Post Office. It’s about a book which has very unfortunately been given a New Zealand Post Children’s Book award. This book, which I have not read, is a really filthy novel, and written for young adults. It’s so bad that the authour had to self-publish it. (You get the picture 🙂 ) Please pray that the reward will be withdrawn.

In our family, books are very important. Mum spends up to two hours each day reading to us, individually or all together. Then, we each spend a lot more time reading on our own.

It’s often hard to find books which are really worth reading. Most non-fiction is based on humanistic, evolutionary thinking, which can subtly influence our thinking, without us being aware of it. It’s a lot easier to realize what’s happening with a book titled “Atheistic Worldviews of the Twenty-first Century.” And most fiction is just as bad. So bad, in fact, that I’ve just about given up reading it, and now mostly read Christian non-fiction. I’m not saying that you should do the same, only that we should all be aware of what we, and our families, are actually learning from what we read.

Of course, the most important book is the Bible. And if we aren’t reading, studying, and memorizing it, we won’t be well-equipped to understand what really matters, what’s really going on in the world, and what other books we should be reading to understand other aspects of life in detail.

So, in conclusion:

  • Reading books is important
  • Some books are dangerous
  • All Christians should be reading the most important Book of all.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Hope you all enjoyed this new style of post. It’s not about me. It’s not directly from the Bible. But I wrote it, and it’s for you! (Please note that although this post was published on Saturday, it was written on, and back-dated to, Thursday.)


21 thoughts on “Books, Books, Books

  1. Amen, dear Rhoda! Love reading about your inspirational family, and you are so right, books are a blessing, we need to be cautious to indulge in God-glorifying reading material, and God’s Word is above all in importance! Much much love xxx


  2. 2,190 books! WOW. I wouldn’t dare to count our collection of books… We all like reading too.
    Its snowing again down here. Just when we are expecting to come home from Church with visitors! 🙂


  3. Hello Rhoda,
    So nice to “meet” you. We actually live in Kenya – such an international community! I’m so blessed that you love to read! I have a website called that only lists good, clean books for the whole family. There are some real treasures out there (mostly written in the late 1800’s and are free to download onto an e-reader or your computer). We also LOVE to read and are very careful about what we allow in our home. Maybe you could find something on my site that you haven’t read that would be a blessing to you. Also, since you have such a vast library, maybe you could share some of your favorites with me? I am always looking for good clean books to list. Thanks for your encouraging post!
    Hilary Cartwright


  4. Oakley’s books are some of my favorite from childhood. What a gifted illustrator and charming stories. Found your blog through Rich Faith Rising. What a lovely contemplative lady you are. Books are treasured here as well. I can see that you’re a student of the Bible and what a blessing those words hidden in you will be to others.


  5. all i can say is, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!!! rhoda, i am speachless!!!! this post, was probably equal with “perfetion,” and it was my favourite post that you have ever written!! keep on writing rhoda, you have a talent!!! xxx ps. may i quote you on my blog? xx Aviel –


    • Av, there is no ‘undo’button on blog comments. 🙂 But I am grateful for your thoughts anyway. And if you want to quote me, it must be without quoting out of context, careless cutting and pasting, or any such devious tricks. xxx


  6. Wow, I must say you have a LOT of books. Though we’re bookworms ourselves, we borrowed a lot from the library and weren’t able to collect very many at home, we wouldn’t have much space anyway. I would love to hear about some of your favorites!


    • One I’m enjoying at the moment is “The Last Man Who Knew Everything: Thomas Young, the Anonymous Polymath Who Proved Newton Wrong, Explained How We See, Cured the Sick and Deciphered the Rosetta Stone.”


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