“How do you find time to read so many books?” How many times have I been asked that question! Usually, I don’t have a very good reply.…

I can, however, say this: finding time for reading is no different from finding time for any other so-called nonessential good thing to do. If you can find time to do anything other than stay alive, you can find time for reading.… Of course, before you determine the specific place of reading in your life, you should have considered your own talents, your spiritual gifts and God’s general calling for you. Reading, in other words, must be considered in the total scheme of your life.…

Consider the potential value of reading to your understanding of other people, their inner longings, their ideas. If you find yourself living in a community of Mormons or deep sea fishermen or long hair musicians, try reading a book or two that will take you vicariously into the world of Mormonism or deep-sea fishing or classical music.

If you find following a schedule at least half congenial, set aside some time each day or each week for reading. Don’t be a slave to any schedule, of course. Develop a reading plan that fits your needs, interests and abilities.

If after doing this you find virtually no time for reading, then look back over the items now filling the slots on your schedule. Is reading more or less important for you than watching TV?…

Re-reflect on your whole pattern of priorities. Can you find time for reading now? My guess is that you can and that, therefore, the only thing that will keep you from a more or less regular course of reading will be a failure to act on your own set of priorities—to place more emphasis on those activities that you yourself know are less important to you and God’s plan for ...

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