With Christmas a little less than a week away, I’m sure you’ve settled into being home, caught up on much needed sleep, watched a few movies by now, and maybe started your Christmas shopping. Now that you’re done with school for the semester, you have a few weeks to catch up on things.
Looking ahead at the next 4 weeks… there’s a lot of time to fill. I start breaks with an idealistic list of things to do. But before I know it, it’s after New Year’s and I haven’t done anything except think about all the things I hope to do before the first day of next semester. My list is usually pretty lengthy with things that cannot realistically fit into the time between last semester and next. I’m going to go ahead and admit that while I would be exited to read all 5 books on my “to-read” list for the break, it’s not going to happen.
On Friday, Jessi blogged about how to use your break wisely. Today I want to give a few resources for your break:
Over the past week I’ve been reading through a book of Advent devotions by Dietrich Bonhoeffer called God in the Manger. It’s a wonderful and concise collection of devotions that prepare your heart for Christmas. It includes devotions during the 12 days of Christmas and continues to the New Year. It’s formatted for a quick daily read to help us reflect on our call to wait for Christ’s coming and His incarnation. It’s not too late to pick this up and it’ll be a wonderful devotion for your time at home.
Veritas is reading 2 books over the break that we’ll be discussing after the first week of classes in January. For a fiction option, we are reading Life of Pi, by Yann Martel. It’s a fictional story of a boy who gets lost at sea while immigrating to North America with his family. On his adventure he learns a lot about himself and questions other religions. It will be a fun, light read.
We’re also reading a non-fiction option, Business for the Glory of God, by Wayne Grudem. This will be an intentional read for learning and discerning ethics in business. The book introduces how money, competition, and ownership are all reflective of God’s character. If you’re going into the business world, this book will help you consider how to glorify God in your work.
Apart from specific books, planning to read through something in the Bible (one of Paul’s letters, or one of the four Gospels to reflect on the life of Jesus) would be a good use of your time reading over break. It’s important to keep some consistency in your daily schedule – even though you don’t have class or homework.
Think about what’s going to be the best for you. Maybe choose a novel or fun read, and then choose something for spiritual growth. Plan a time to read it – maybe break down the number of chapters to number of days you have to read the book. I know if I don’t make time in my day, Christmas break will pass and I will wish I had taken time to read before next semester starts!