My quiet time 3.0

I used to always want my presents to be surprises, but then I realized what I was truly hoping for was the perfect present that showed how well someone knew me. But after being disappointed every time, I finally accepted that my hopes were very unrealistic and it made more sense for me to specifically ask for things.

This Christmas, I asked for A Year with C. S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. If his name sounds familiar, it might be because he’s the author of the Chronicles of Narnia. I learned about this book because my history/English teacher keeps her copy of it on her desk. She said in class that it was given to her by another history/English teacher who teaches freshmen.

The book is a collection of not even page long excerpts from his many books, including Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. I’m excited to read it. C. S. Lewis has that way with words that makes you stop and just hold the sentence in your mind.

Along with A Year with C. S. Lewis, I got a Bible commentary, which is a Bible with extra information such as context and explanations. There are so many commentaries out there that I didn’t know where to start, so I emailed the Bible Binge. Great podcast, by the way. They sent an email back with a very helpful list of commentaries they use. I ended up getting the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, but the other ones mentioned were The Wiersbie Bible Commentary, the ESV Study Bible, Matthew Henry, the Everday Bible Commentaries Series, and the Classic Midrash.

I looked at the first few pages of Genesis, and it seemed like there might be more commentary than Bible sometimes. I think a chapter is going to take a few days to read, so I’m going to take it slow and see how it goes.

Also, I want to read some Christian books, which is not a genre I have a record of reading. These following titles are the ones I want to read most.
The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You by Shannan Martin
Meeting God in Scripture: A Hands-On Guide to Lectio Divina by Jan Johnson
A Circle of Quiet (Crosswicks Journals #1) by Madeleine L’Engle
Remember God by Annie F. Downs
The Wondering Years: How Pop Culture Helped Me Answer Life’s Biggest Questions by Knox McCoy
Invitations to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness by Jan Johnson
Blue Babies Pink (this one isn’t a book) by Brett Trapp
And then there are two authors I want to read in general- Donald Miller and David Platt.

So that’s my quiet time plan for 2019. C. S. Lewis, a Bible commentary, and some Christian books.

I’m always curious about this- if you have a quiet time, what does it look like?
Have you read any of C. S. Lewis’ books?
Do you read Christian books?

P.P.S. My quiet time 1.0 and 2.0.

9 thoughts on “My quiet time 3.0”

  1. I LOVE C.S. Lewis books! I definitely enjoyed Mere Christianity, and I am making my way through Miracles right now (very slowly). The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce and Till We Have Faces are some of my favorite of his adult fiction books, and of course I’ve loved the Chronicles of Narnia before I even knew who C.S. Lewis was. I am pretty sure he’s my favorite author.
    I haven’t read very many Christian nonfiction books, but ones that I like are Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle, and Epic by John Eldredge.
    I’m not exactly sure what constitutes as a quiet time. I guess usually a quiet time involves reading. Usually fiction.

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    1. I think after reading all these beautiful snippets from his books this year, I’ll go read the books in whole. Do you remember the limpets he talked about in Mere Christianity? That was in the first few days of this month.
      Ohh, I added Walking on Water to my to be read list and another of John Eldredge’s books- Wild at Heart.
      Oh haha, that’s what my usual quiet time looks like too. But for this instance, I just meant how I want to spend time with God this year. On a podcast, I heard somebody describe it instead as a time and a place because it doesn’t always have to be quiet, which I like.

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      1. Ah, no, I don’t remember the limpets. I read that book so long ago! I want to read it again at some point.
        Oh, that makes sense. Hm, that’s a good question. I usually read my Bible and pray in the mornings before I get up, and then I try to keep those things in mind as I go about my day, but it’s been hard to do. Often it’s easy to check off my time with God like it’s just a task I need to complete that day, instead of letting myself experience him. I am trying to work on that!

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        1. I read my Bible in the mornings for a while either last year or the year before, but now I do it at night before I go sleep. Yes, I’m with you on needing to remember to focus on God rather than the task itself. What I’m trying to work on is to truly trust and rely and be grounded in God and to not hold so tightly onto the future.

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  2. Whoa, that’s so cool! I honestly had no idea you could get an annotated (of sorts?) Bible, but it sounds amazing, and something I’ll have to look into. Sometimes what stops me from picking up the Bible is feeling like I’ll just be reading words and not being really sure what they mean, so it could be a really useful tool.
    I’ve been wanting to read Mere Christianity. The only C.S. Lewis book I’ve read is, well, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but I’ve heard his Christian books are really good.
    Hmm, my quiet time. Sometimes it consists of me reading for a few moments right before bed, after a day of school and dance and homework, all back to back. Other times it’s me reading a devotional and my Bible for an extended amount of time. It all kind of depends on the day. Maybe one of my resolutions for this year should be to find a consistent quiet time?
    Great post!

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    1. Yea, it’s cool! In mine there’s a list of Hebrew books that don’t translate that well into English and it goes more in depth, which is very cool. And then I’ve only read part of Genesis 1 and its commentary, but it’s already talked about how in the ancient world, creation meant giving order and function to things, not necessarily the phyiscal making part of it- so interesting right? Oh my goodness, last year when I was reading, I would read a chapter and know each word but still be lost.
      I want to read more of C.S. Lewis’s books too! Me too, his Narnia series are the only books of his that I’ve read so far too. Well, actually part of the Screwtape Letters too.
      Thanks for describing your quiet time- I think it’s so interesting. Different schedules are so good at throwing quiet times off for me. It seems a bit opposite, but it’s easier for me to not do my quiet time during break than during school.
      Thank you!

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