At last! Two of my younger brothers (#4 & #5 — ages 14 & 16) have sort of caught the reading bug. I never thought I would see the day when those two would have to be told, “Put the book away!” For the longest time, they were the least likely of my siblings to be seen reading a book. Brother #4 would start an extremely small book and only reach the third or fourth chapter before just putting the book away. And it would take him about a month to even get that far! Shocking, I know! Brother #5 rarely even picked up a book unless forced to because of school.
As much as I love books, it saddened me to hear my own siblings utter those awful words: “I don’t like to read!” and “Books aren’t any fun!”
Lately, however, due to Star Wars and Frank Peretti, they have taken up reading after all. Brother #4 has discovered the Star Wars books at our local library and they have become his constant companions. Brother #5 finally decided to try “The Cooper Kids Adventure Series” by Frank Peretti. He sounds so surprised when he tells me, “This book is really good!” 😉
Honestly, I’m happy for them. I didn’t want to have to force them to read — that just made them hate books even more. But, still, I knew what they were missing and wanted to show them how great books really are. I’m so glad they finally discovered books they enjoy! 🙂