One of the things I miss the most is easy access to reading material in English. I do use the web to keep up to date on news stories. I browse some newspaper sites, CNN and the like. But it’s not the same as reading a paper. I just last week found a store in a hotel that carries international magazines like Time, Newsweek and the Economist. I have really enjoyed reading through a few issues that aren’t months old.
Getting hold of good books is another problem. There is a little English library run by some expat volunteers but it has been closed for a couple months while moving to a new location. When open it does provide some options for reading fiction which is helpful. I am at the end of the 20 volume Patrick O’Brian series that I love. What I’ll read next I don’t know.
Finding Christian reading material is even harder. Some of our friends have brought little libraries and everyone is always willing to share. Michaella has been enjoying a series by Francine Rivers. Several of the ladies in the church are passing the books around. Importing reading material is restricted by the government. I find it limiting when I do sermon prepartion. I have complained for more than a year now that I had to leave too many good books behind in Canada. (Well, choices had to be made.) While the internet is an ocean of questionable help I miss my familiar friends who always seemed to point the right direction and give the needed insight. Plus, I have started to feel out of the loop, wondering what the ‘hot topic’ books are back home. What are Christians reading about these days?
So, I thought I would ask. Are you enjoying a particular book right now - fiction or non-fiction? Is there some book you would recommend to the rest of us? Or, have you dispensed with books and rely only on other media? We’d love to hear from you.