In a conversation I had with a pastor in the Bellingham area this past week, I had a bit of an unsettling realization. We were talking about books that we are reading and have read recently. I couldn’t come up with anything.
I have never been the type of person doesn’t have an active book they are reading—or three. But that’s where I’m at right now.
Now, that doesn’t mean I’m not constantly reading. I have stacks of articles on linguistics and discourse analysis. I read my GNT everyday. I am engrossed in dozens of commentaries and monographs.
But all that reading applies to one thing: my thesis. I don’t think that I haven’t read something that isn’t biblical language related in at least a year. No systematic theology, no historical theology—except for translating passages from various individuals like Chrysostom—no pastoral theology, no fiction, no biographies … nothing really.
The sad fact, though, is that I can do nothing to remedy the situation. I have not the time or the energy to invest in anything but thesis writing … and of course procrastinating (i.e., blogging).
Once December comes, though, and I’ve finished learning German and finished researching PhD programs, and finished applying for said programs, I’ll sit down and read some fiction, or a biography, or really anything else.