I’m Back!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Blog, Home Is Where The Story Starts | 6 comments

 

 

As some of you may have noticed it has been over a year since I posted on my blog. I haven’t even been to my website for months, so I went today. It seemed the thing to do on January 1st.

I reread the last posts and noticed something. I haven’t done any of the things I intended to. Like sell books. But, I have no regrets. Let me explain.

Towards the end of summer, 2016 I began to realize that I had way over reached my ability to keep it all together. After some discussion Bruce and I decided I needed to back off the writing part and focus on the marketing. It would give me a break, and sell books! We pushed on through the launch of my most recent book, The Double Cousins and the Mystery of the Russian Jewels and it was an AWESOME launch.

When I jumped off the merry-go-round I discovered I wasn’t just tired. Rather, I was empty. I couldn’t do anything more than the necessary. I couldn’t even think about writing, let alone write a blog. So I started looking at what I needed to do to rejuvenate.

There were several things that God reminded me of, but one of them was reading. The truth was that Miriam, an author and lover of books was suffering from a serious book reading deficit. You see, reading doesn’t just pass the time for me. It relaxes me. It gives me new ideas. It builds me up.

So, I determined to read at least 50 books in 2017. I would try for a book a week and see what happened. In addition, I would read through the Bible. Now, historically I struggled with that. No matter what read-through-the-Bible program I’ve used, it becomes an assignment. So, I hit on a new approach. I would pick whatever book in the Bible I wanted, and read that. Then I would pick another and read that! Wow! What an incredible difference it made. (I know, I know. It might or might not be a control thing.)

How did I do? I’m so glad you asked! I read the entire Bible in ten months. I also read 50 other books for a total of 51 for the year.

One of the interesting things that “happened” was that I found some historical Bible novels, commentaries, and other Bible based books and I read those in correlation with that section of the Bible. The Bible came alive for me in a way I had never experienced before.

So, instead of waiting for January 1st, I started reading the Bible again in November. And today I spent some time sorting books on the shelves in my room. One shelf is last year’s books. Another is for the books I want to read in 2018. Yes, I am going to aim for 50 books again.

I read history books, mysteries, biographies, novels, self-help, children’s (Winnie the Pooh—who doesn’t like Winnie the Pooh), writing books, and even a great children’s mystery series by Miriam Jones Bradley. (Yes, I did. Yes, I counted them.) I found that fifty books was the right amount. I never felt like I was behind and I always looked forward to the next book.

And now, ever so slowly I’ve found myself wanting to write again. Ideas are forming. My mind doesn’t dismiss the idea of writing the instant it arrives. Yay for that! So, over the next few weeks I thought I would share a little about some of the books I read. I’ll include some of the things I learned or lessons that God sent my way. I hope you will join it and maybe it will inspire you to come up with your own reading plan!

Happy New Year! It is good to be back!

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  1. Cindy Hagat

    Welcome back Miriam and Happy New Year 2018 to you and Bruce.
    You were indeed missed 😘
    Enjoy your cup of hot tea or coffee, enjoy what snow birds are outside your window, and immerse yourself in that next book at your side.

    Love and blessings, Cindy

  2. Brenda

    Welcome back! I’m inspired by your reading plan and am going to try to incorporate it in 2018! I confess I am a “buying books” addict and have hundreds on my bookshelf I haven’t read but keep meaning it get to!!! I don’t know if I can read 50 books in a year, but it’s worth it to try! Now I have a constructive plan of action and am looking forward to all the discoveries God has in each book (almost all are Christian based), especially first and foremost, His Holy Word, the Bible. I’m starting a new chronological reading plan of the Bible and am truly looking forward to digging deeper and understanding God’s Word. So, thank you for posting and God bless you in 2018.