Monday, October 24, 2011

Nourishment for the Mind

What I think has a huge effect on how I feel. When I spend most of my day focusing on the daily grind, I find myself feeling empty and unfulfilled. But when I step into the pages of a good book, fiction or non-fiction, it allows me to refocus my thoughts. Reading is a powerful tool for feeding your mind and what you read is important in how it affects you. Non-fiction tends to be heavy reading that requires a commitment from the reader. Fiction is usually lighter reading that allows you to escape for a moment to meet with wonderful characters and if it’s great fiction you may even learn a moral lesson.

What you feed your mind is just as important as what you feed your body. Fill your mind with gory science fiction, mysteries and horror books will leave you anxious and fearful. Nourish your mind with Christian fiction novels and you can still enjoy every genre of books, plus keep a positive uplifting focus. I love reading and have been reading some amazing books over the past year. I have featured some of them already on this blog, but over the next few weeks I hope to feature some of my favorites. These will be Christian books I’ve read and believe would make great gift this holiday season.

At one point my life was so busy I did not make time to feed my mind and my attitude suffered. The one book that I found vital to nourishing the mind is the Bible. Even when reading some of the best literary works around, I always find none of them take the place of His Word. Sometimes I need just a small Psalms scripture to snack on and at other times I need to chew on more meaty subjects like submission or loving those who are hard to love. God is always so kind and patient; no matter how long it is between my Bible reading sessions I always find Him waiting to greet me within the pages. Any mind can be transformed and renewed with the nourishment of His presence. Need an attitude change? Want more joy in your life? The answers can be found in nourishing your mind with good books and the Good Book.


  1. Hi, Saundra. Welcome to!

    I read this post and remembered that some of the most significant books I've read have not been Christian. Yet they tell the truth. For example, I finished Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde for the second time recently and was again struck by its ability to help me see better. And Wendell Berry's Jayber Crow is a fantastic telling of a man's search for home.

    Most of what I read is from a specifically Christian perspective, by virtue of my job and general bent, but I'm glad to find good news elsewhere too. Curious to hear what you think about this.

  2. Hi Sam, thanks for stopping by for a visit. I agree, God can use anything He desires to speak through. I have viewed some secular movies that I feel had great Christian messages. It is wonderful to find His message of hope in non-Christian media.