I found a gem of a book at Value Village yesterday. Titled, “Courage and Consolation” on the spine, I was curious as to what was inside. Pulling it down, it was obvious it was very old. An inscription inside confirmed my suspicions. I’m a sucker for a good, personal, inscription, and the older the date, the more I salivate over purchasing it. I immediately try and picture the situation, “In gratitude remembrance of such generous hospitality.” It appears this Mr Gathro (not sure if that is a G) hosted Regina for ten days. Could be a friend or family, but my romanticized mind imagined they had transportation issues, maybe their car broke down, or the horse threw a shoe. A generous and prominent individual hosted the stranded travellers.
I have a deep infatuation for old books. It started about ten years ago when I crafted up the New Years Resolution (the only resolution I have ever kept) of reading a classic a month. I had always wanted to read the classic novels of Tom Sawyer, Ben Hur, Gone with the Wind, Sherlock Holmes, among many others. The key to this resolution was I had to find my classic books in classic print, thus starting an adventure of seeking out all the used book stores within a days drive from my city. I would spend my weekends road tripping with coffees, treats and a willing friend to unearth my books. By the end of the year, I had read nearly twenty books. This resolution has placed a permanent bookshelf in my heart for old books.
Courage and Consolation grabbed my attention right away. After carefully flipping through a few pages, attempting to discover what it was about, I learned it was a daily reader. Devotionals and daily readers became a staple for me during a ‘storm season’ in my life, and something I spend some time talking about in my book Steady in the Storm. I still spend my mornings with a coffee, my dog, and a couple daily readers. Courage and Consolation seemed the perfect addition to my mornings.
The very day I found this book I was thinking about how I needed to be writing every day, whether it was something I posted or not. The simple practice of repetition is the best way to hone in any skill or craft. Wondering how I would achieve such a task, coming up with unique or interesting topics every day, eluded me. Knowing I was about to take on something daunting, I put it out of my mind. A few hours later Courage and Consolation appeared. I texted a friend, who would appreciate such finds, and told her it would make an interesting, year long project, blogging my way through the book.
Even now I sigh thinking of the amount of discipline, focus and time it will take to blog every day through this book. I hope I’m up to the challenge. As the saying goes, you eat an elephant one bite at a time. I’m sure I’ll miss days along the way, or post two or more pages in a single day, but this is a project that interests me. I hope you’ll join me, even if for a day, week, month, or the whole year together.
Considering a new month is upon us I will start this journey on July 1st, 2020. Each day of this book chooses a word or two as the subject, highlights a verse of scripture and quotes a few prolific people, wether that be authors, speakers or leaders. I’m excited to journey through this book, returning to old truths that are still true today, while intertwining it with my own experience and journey, making it relevant for where we are at today.
I’m inspired when I think of different people reading this book over the last 100 years. Though I don’t know who they were, what they were experiencing or how these words effected them, but I’m honoured to be the next person in the journey of it’s pages.
I hope I can do it justice.