Before you read, read this . . .

We can distress
With negative books,
Drift without books,
Or progress
With positive books.

Without fuel
A car won’t go.
Without uplifting words
Hope won’t grow.

Uplifting words,
And reread,
Can gradually
Straighten out
Your head.

What you read matters. It has consequences in your life for good or bad. Books can lead you where you need to go, distract you with a show, or mislead you and leave you low. A reader’s choice is important.

What you read shapes you into its image. If you want your life to be better, read better material and read it a lot.

Read well. Read books that make you better, not books that enfetter. Everyday read something that encourages you and makes you feel good about life.

Too many people read without discernment. They treat a book like online “terms and conditions.” Instead of reading it with thoughtfulness, they just click “I agree,” and accept whatever it says.

Your mind, your choice! Don’t let books fill your mind with acidic thoughts.

Uplifting words are waiting to fill you with hope and peace, but you have to find them. Read what lifts you up, not what weighs you down. When you let a hope-filled book burn in your heart, you’re forever changed by its light.

Books have introduced me to some of my best friends, many of whom lived long ago. I like to read what inspires and encourages me, not what distresses and depresses me. The more I read hope-filled books, the better I feel!

Now read this: Elephants INspiring The Room.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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