Unfortunately, I have to admit that I haven’t done much to continue my education since college. I have been in men’s bible study groups and that has been great to strengthen my faith. However, I have a room full of books that have never been touched. I have been out of college for 7 years and I counted the books I read over that time period and it was a measly 14. Most of the 14 were read the year fater college when I did not have cable television.
I can say however I turned things around and have finished 27 so far this year. I know I have more confidence in myself by just knowing I have read way more than the average American. Reading gives you a sense that you are above average that you are educated no matter what piece of paper may or may not be framed on the wall in your office.
My favorite book as a child is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. He wrote his famous book after reading as a young boy Call of the Wild. His father told him he would need an education and that they were too poor. He read everything he got his hands own, and his first writings were scribbled in the dust of country roads and the sand banks along the river where he lived. He went on to write his books even though the manuscripts had many grammatical errors. He spoke at over 2,000 schools across 22 states before dieing of cancer in 1983. Even though he had no children he had many fans that were children. He often told children the following quote.
“Children are always asking me what advice I can give them on trying to be a writer. I always tell them to do a lot of reading, read and study creative writing, then start writing and keep writing and then they can be a writer too. Someday they will make it if they don’t give up.”
So what have you read lately? I need some good recommendations.