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Confessions of a Bibliophage

If you were to ask me to name my weakness I would have to answer, without hesitation, “reading.” (Well, there is my penchant for all things sugary, but that’s fodder for another post.) Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the act of reading in and of itself, but without discipline I’d be willing to curl up with a book on a regular basis and forget everything else.

Seriously, everything else.

Forget sleep. Sleep can wait until the last page is turned. Bathroom breaks? Who needs ‘em? I can pee and read at the same time. I’ve even cooked more than a few meals with my nose in a good book.

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During the summer months, with the freedom of no homeschool obligations, I’ve been known to finish a novel in 24 hours while somehow managing to cook three meals, clean up after said meals, keep the house in order (for the most part), and take care of my family. Of course, sleep has no place in the picture and regret always comes into play the next day when I can barely keep my eyes open, but at the time it always seems worth it.

When it comes to reading, I’ve always struggled to find balance. So, what’s a girl to do? Give up her all-time favorite pastime in the whole world?  I’d rather not, thank you very much.

Instead, I’ve chosen to incorporate some boundaries. By practicing self-control as the scriptures admonish over and over again I’m able to embrace the bookworm in me.

Here are my self-imposed guidelines:

  • God first.  My relationship with God has to be first. If I haven’t taken some time to read God’s word or spend time in conversation with Him on any given day, then I don’t pick up any other book. Period. I will not allow myself the “dessert” of a recreational book if I don’t take the time to ingest the “meat and potatoes” of God’s truth.


  • Family/home obligations second. Of course, the kids will be supervised, fed, and taught before I pick up a book. But, things can get a little hairy when it comes to choosing between folding the clothes in the laundry basket and reading a deliciously delightful book. Without my boundaries, I’d choose the book every time. Setting a goal of finishing specific chores before reading makes a huge difference in how much I get done.


  • Content. If I’m going to invest my time in a book I only choose books that promote Christian values. This is a personal conviction; I’m not implying that the Bible says, “Thou shalt read Christian-fiction and Christian-fiction only shalt thou read.” But the Bible does give a pretty good check list of where our thoughts should be:  

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.          Philippians 4:8

It’s much easier for me to think pure and praiseworthy thoughts if I’m not reading the gritty details of someone’s affair or the gruesome description of a murder, etc. Thankfully, there are tons of excellent Christian-fiction books out there.

Bottom line? A few simple restrictions equals a whole lotta balance!

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Are there areas in your life where you’ve had to set boundaries? Feel free to share your thoughts. As always, we’d love to hear from you!

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Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.

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6 Responses to Confessions of a Bibliophage

  1. Marissa July 15, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    Candy, I’m right there with you. Finding the balance in my day is so important, but for a good day I always have to find time for a little fun reading. And I must be very selective with what I pick. That is the whole reason why I started my blog, because there are so many choices and the voices on mainstream review sites are not people I can get to know and therefore trust their thoughts.

    Thank you for sharing, I’m stopping over from A Little R&R


    • Candy July 15, 2015 at 8:16 am #

      Ohhhh!!! I love your site! I popped over to check it out for a “few minutes” and stayed a bit longer than I planned. 🙂 Love what you’re doing.

      If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll join us for our link party every Wednesday through Tuesday. We’d love to have you!


  2. Shannon Weeks August 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Wow. This is so me! I’m thinking I need to start setting some boundaries of my own…

    • Candy August 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      I’d love to hear what you come up with!

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