My kids are still grieving the loss of summer. With school back in session, there is less time to play computer games, watch Netflix, and get together with friends. I’ve warned them that when they enter the real world, summer as they know it completely ceases to exist. They are appropriately devastated by this news and do whatever they can to appreciate their easy life while they have it.
Yet even grownups get breaks now and then. Vacations. Holidays. Saturdays. The trick is not to fill these “off” days with too many chores and commitments that we forget to rest. God created the Sabbath for a reason. Rest is good for us. We need it to regenerate depleted energy, to release stress, and improve our mental outlook.
Reading is a perfect resting activity for me. It’s quiet, relaxing, and always leaves me happy (thanks to romance novels with a guaranteed happy ending). Unfortunately, reading is something that is harder and harder for me to fit into my busy schedule. Writing, marketing, working the day job, church responsibilities, aging parents, teenage children with their activities, the list goes on and on. I’m sure yours does, too. Yet I’m determined to hang onto my escape.
Recently in my Facebook fan group, I created a poll to see where people most wanted to escape with their TBR piles. Here are the four options we chose from:
Of course, we decided that cookies and either coffee or tea had to be included in all locations.
GIVEAWAY: One person who comments will win an autographed copy of Heart on the Line. I might not be able to whisk you away to a secluded reader’s paradise, but I can send you a good book to get lost in.
Update: We have a winner. Shannon – You are the winner of Heart on the Line. Congratulations! Hope you find a nice little getaway so you can enjoy it. (Watch for an email from me to claim your prize.)