I love reading. Fiction, non-fiction, inspirational, thriller, historical. You name it. But when I’m busy crafting or sewing or doodling or writing, my eyes and hands are too busy. So I’ve discovered the joys of audio books.
Two I’ve recently tuned into: Nora Ephron’s side-splitting novel Heartburn — about a cookbook author whose seemingly perfect marriage sinks like a cake with too much leavening. Read by the amazing Meryl Streep, every chapter is a delicious treat for my ears. Crazy Love by Francis Chan is a fascinating book to listen to. Chan, who is a pastor in California, talks about God’s love in a way usually reserved for romance novels — a love that is unconditional, all-encompassing and passionate (albeit not in the Harlequin Romance way) and most of all, life-changing. This book challenged my views on faith and religion — and really opened my eyes to a real, personal God who isn’t just about going to church and singing hymns to — but who wants me to have a big, crazy, love-filled, let’s-make-a-difference-in-our-world life in him.
Both books are available from iTunes, but if your library has the Overdrive app (the Auckland Libraries have it), you can look for these audiobooks and rent them for free. Food for your heart and spirit, and when you’re done you would have completed a plush toy/artwork/novel as well.
How’s that for multitasking?