SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: It starts with a book

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 04:05 PM.

Today we can read books on our electronic devices. We don’t need to go to the library to check out the latest must-read.

However, I still prefer to take a book in hand and get comfortable in my favorite chair as I flip the pages and transport to another time and place.

My personal library is scattered in various bookshelves and boxes. I prefer sports biographies and books that help me grow in my Christian faith.

I have never been to China, but I traveled there in my mind as I read a biography about Bill Wallace, a missionary killed by the Communist government in China more than 60 years ago.

I never saw Babe Ruth swing a baseball bat, or witnessed a young Vince Lombardi play football at Fordham University, but I can almost hear the crowds roar for these sport giants. Just as summer is a good time for boys and girls to exercise their bodies, it also can be a good time to exercise their minds.

No matter what your interest is, you can find a book on that subject — and you don’t have to wait for your favorite program to come on television.

Several years ago there was a television public service announcement that stressed, “Reading is Fundamental.” Reading also is fun. Have you read any good books lately?

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