A Thought on Reading

I came across this statement by David Ulin and thought it expressed the inner fabric of books and reading and pondering and imagining and finding truth and of the joy of being found.

What do you think of his statement?

From David Ulin, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time:

We posses the books we read, animating the waiting stillness of their language,

but they posses us also, filling us with thoughts and observations, asking us to make them part of ourselves.

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  • http://www.followinghispresence.com Matt Tibbles

    He captures the essence of the power of reading. Reading draws us into a world yet to be created in our minds and lives. Each sentence, chapter and book entices us to imagine something or someplace different and by the end of the book the reader is changed forevermore.

    He is right on!

  • http://abisomeone.blogspot.com Peggy

    My husband and I were talking about this the other day. I am just amazed that he doesn’t enjoy reading … but he is quite a movie watcher. I think that movies are for visual folks are for us who are reader/ponderers. I read books over and over … he does the same with movies. They beckon to us to listen to their story. The stories we resonate with are ones we never tire of hearing.

    He is outnumbered in our house: four readers to one … but we all watch movies with him!

    My grandmother (and C.S. Lewis) said that if a book was worth reading once, it was worth reading 10 times.

    The challenge these days, of course, is information overload. Sigh….

  • http://azspot.net Naum

    +1 to the Amazon Wish List (thanks Scot ;()

    So /true, you are|become what you read.

  • Jeremy

    In internet marketing, we’ve learned that you have just 7 seconds to grab the attention of the visitor before they leave. 7 seconds! The internet is training the ability to read well right out of us.

    I’ve always loved to read, having consumed whole libraries as a kid. I’ve been finding lately that I have to retrain myself as even 5 paragraph blog posts push my impatience button…ugh