Not much has changed for me I suppose, though now I read above the covers and use my super-cool book light. In fact, I’ve read four books since we’ve been at the beach, and the sign of a great vacation for me mostly involves plenty of time for reading.
Books have been my escape from the taunts of bullies, my friends through a move from Canada to Georgia, when I wasn’t sure I could possibly make any new ones. A gentle reprieve from the harsh realities of a baby in the hospital, and a quiet retreat when the world of inner-city ministry swirls loud around me.
Ashton reminded us, the high schoolers don’t even have books.
85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.
Pay attention to where your passion and burdens collide.
And so I am starting a library.
Our office space, next to the church next to our house, located on the main road between the two neighborhoods (which are really just one big neighborhood) we serve. There is an open room when you first come in, and I’m turning it into a library space.
The space started out with lovely floral borders (a la grandma wallpaper), cracked walls, and a few gauzy curtains. Thanks to Accent Decor (as usual), we have furnished the space with bright white walls and lots of bookshelves. All that’s left is to fill the shelves with books. And here’s where you come in. I’d love for anyone who feels led to send me a few of your favorite books. See, I don’t want books that are castoffs or boxes of books that no one wants to read. Bad books are the worst. I want books for these kiddos (and the teenagers and their parents too), that will capture their imaginations and make them come back for more.
If you feel led, I’d love for you to send me two or three (or four or five . . .) books. Pray over them, pray for the kiddos (or adults) who will read them, and maybe even write a little note in the front. Or if you’d rather send some money and let me pick out books myself, I’m more than glad to do that too (did I mention that book stores are my happy place?).
So instead of asking for big donations, I’d rather you send me the book you loved most growing up. The one you can’t stop reading to your own kids. The one that got you through middle school angst, or your favorite high school reading assignment. The young adult book you read as an adult and couldn’t quite put down (Fault in our Stars, I’m looking at you). Your favorite books, the ones you’ve read over and over. The ones you cant stop thinking about later in the shower, or lying awake in bed. The book you think our kids should read, or the books about Jesus that changed and informed the way you think about who He is (besides the Bible, we have plenty of those, don’t worry). The book you think every mentor should read, or the books you think they’d love to read together with their mentee.
Oh and Adam's also building one of these tiny libraries for our front yard for returning books.