One of the problems with being a full-time student is the lack of time available to read books. Books that interest you. So, if you are finished with school — graduated high school or university — you finally have the time to do some reading!
A great place to start is The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. This book is actually just a book list. Bauer lists five categories of books: fiction, autobiography, history, drama, and poetry. In each category, she lists several dozen ‘must read’ books in chronological order, so that you are learning history as you read through each of the lists.
For example, one of the books in the ‘fiction’ category is Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. It is one of those books that every American should read. Although I read this book seven or eight years ago, I can still feel the tension and pain that made an imprint on my heart by reading this fictional story . . . a work of fiction that was based completely on true stories. (The author’s family was active in the Underground Railroad of the 1860’s, and each aspect of this famous novel is entirely based on true events.) It has been said that when Abraham Lincoln met Harriet, he said, “So, you are the lady who started the Civil War.”
After graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree, then going on to earn a second Bachelor’s Degree at a Bible College, I gained my true education once I became a homeschooling mother! 🙂
15 years of homeschooling is where I became educated, and yes, Susan Wise Bauer’s book helped tremendously along that road.
There is so much to learn. I never want to stop learning. Books are the key. Educated teachers are of huge importance also, and have helped me so much. But, today, I just want to say a word in praise of books.
Books! Glorious books! Let’s all keep reading.
What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below. The book I’m in right now is “The Science of Trust” by John Gottman, PhD. And, oh my gosh, it is sooo good.