Just take a wild guess where this picture was taken. Where in the world could you find a mother of four busy little children looking so absolutely peaceful? It only lasted for three, maybe four minutes before some wee little person discovered my absence, but it was peace, nonetheless. The great white throne room was quite a sanctuary. Oh yes, you read that right-- I was hiding in the bathroom. Ok, so maybe it felt just a tad bit foolish, but it was oh so very peaceful.
I've never before understood why people bring reading material into their bathrooms. I guess I never had the patience or time for luxurious baths, or for prolonged, uh-hum, toilet seat time (for lack of a better description). But I've now recognized the importance and overall relaxing indulgence of a good many things to read in the bathroom. Yep. I now visit the restroom for that very purpose--to rest. Why didn't I ever think of it before? It's quite aptly named. And reading is my unwinding, my uncurling of the toes, my mental breath of fresh air. All I need now is a velvet chaise lounge beside my toilette.
And a bookcase.
Most definitely a bookcase.
Or I suppose my iphone will do. I always said I would never read electronic books, that I preferred the weight of the words in my hand. But then I discovered free ibooks. And I can't refuse a free book. I am one of those obsessive "readers" that has to be reading something all the time, whether it's the directions for my household appliances or even road signs, I MUST read. I'm a speed reader, not one to skip words, just one to read them fast, hungrily almost.
Right now, I'm consuming the classics. They're free (have I mentioned that before). And they're wonderful. I was elated to discover some free works written by my favorite missionaries-- Amy Carmichael and C.T. Studd. I've read Amy Carmichael's works, her prose and her poetry, since I was a little girl, but I just recently discovered her book Things As They Are and it is speaking to every cavern in my heart.
Here's a list of some excellent free books I have in my ibook library (yes, we were just discussing toilets, but now we have naturally moved on to books):
Things As They Are
The Chocolate Soldier
The City of Fire
Grace Livingston Hill
Home Education In Modern English
The Scottish Chiefs
Hope of the Gospel
(many many free books of his available
and some excellent fiction for older children)
I have to mention one other book you can download for free that I read back in highschool and have always loved. I happen to own an old vintage copy of it that was printed in the late 1800s. There are times when even the electronic version can't compete with the real, hundred year old deal.
It's a classic called In His Steps by Charles Sheldon.
Isn't it lovely? Don't you just love the old script on the first page?
But I digress. That is all I am reading at the moment, and in my rest-a-room if I must.
Do you have any suggestions of books I can add to my plush bathroom library?