Kindle Books for Digital Reading

There are many ways you can wind down after a long hard week. Here are a few suggestions that will help you sit back and have a ton of fun very easily, without spending loads of money. Everyone is different, so there may not be anything on this list that will hep you.

A few individuals take up swimming as an alternative to kill time while others play some musical instrument.

There are so many different hobbies and pastimes that you can undertake. Your pastime ought to be an easy to get into otherwise you aren’t likely to stick at them. One of the biggest pastimes that people undertake is reading books. Reading is probably one of the most popular past times and it is easily accessible and loved by millions throughout the word. Reading can build up a feeling of warmth and engagement in what is being read, a good book can almost feel like a best friend. There is a whole range of emotions that you go through whilst reading a book. Sadness, joy, excitement, anticipation, euphoria, it’s all there in abundance.

In addition to the fact that it is so engaging, you can learn such a great amount of knowledge from non fiction books, I have heard of people advancing their career with no formal qualifications, just the knowledge they gained from boos.

Of course it’s not just books that provide such enjoyment magazines, books, blogs and short stories are just some of the many different ways you can learn. In most recent times we have seen the emergence of digital ebooks. The biggest issue with digital ebooks before ereaders came along was the brightness of the screen. These ereaders have special screens that generate their text using something called eink. Combine that with a backlight and the enjoyment of reading books is all the more pleasurable at night time. If you are interested in finding out more about ereaders, take a look at this Amazon Kindle ereader comparison. Here you will find all you need to know about digital ereaders.

These little handheld small-scale PCs, have transformed the way we read books. Over the last few years, in the same way mobile phones have evolved so much, so have ereaders, getting better year on year. Ereaders are getting smaller so as well as being amazingly convenient and ultra portable They have great batteries and a screen size that means they are smaller than physical books.

The screens on these gadgets are what set them apart. Although I do love physical books, the sheer convenience of an ereader means other than my mobile phone, the ereader is up their as one of my favourite gadgets. It is also super easy to buy books through the Amazon Kindle books store. There are thousands if not millions of books, magazines to downloads instantly.

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Go Henry Review

We were contacted by a family that is currently making use of a money management systems called Go Henry. They have produced their own blog where they document their experiences –  check out Go Henry Reviews to see for yourself.

The Bible teaches lots about money and how we need to be good stewards of our finances. It also warns about the consequences of placing too much importance on the value of money. When Jesus addressed the crowds in Luke 12:15 ESV – And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 2000 years on and the words Jesus spoke to the crowd are just as relevant as back then.

Jesus is telling the crowd to treat your money and possessions differently than most. In Western cultures, most people spend their life trying to acquire as much wealth and possessions as possible. Whole television shows, not just shows but whole television channels, books, magazines, websites, blogs, and radio shows. They all dedicate valuable time celebrating the lifestyle and the possessions of the rich and famous.

I am not sure Jesus was questioning owning possessions or having wealth, he was questioning if that is someone’s sole purpose and motivation in life. Even if you do not believe in what the Bible teaches, then surely you must agree, that wealth, if handled badly, can lead someone on a very destructive path. The other problem, as I see it anyway, is that we have constant access to what the rich are and famous are up to. When judging how wealthy we are we always look up the food chain. We judge what we have by what others higher up the chain have. On a global scale, if you live in a house with a flushing toilet, you are in the top 10% of the richest people in the world. I do not feel wealthy, but compared to some I am the equivalent of a billionaire.

We don’t choose the culture we are born into, we are however a product of our culture and have to live in that culture. In Bible times, monetary transactions were relatively simple. They didn’t have online banks, smartphones, the internet, credit and debit cards, cash machines, eBay, Amazon and online shopping. We do have these things and therefore we have to manage the resources we have in the context of where in the world we live. We can’t bury our head in the sands and ignore modern technology, we have to learn to be good stewards and use these resources properly. After all if used well technology can make a real difference in the world.

As well as having healthy attitudes towards money the Bible teaches us to be good stewards. I particularly like this verse:

Luke 14:28-30 ESV – “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.”

Jesus asks the question in Luke 14 – “Who would start something without first sitting down and counting the cost?”. How many people go from month to month without planning what they spend? No budget and no idea what they have spent or what is left to spend in the bank. We live in a world whereby it’s easy to let spending get out of control. I write this as someone who has learned this lesson the hard way. This is why I am passionate about resources that help people to get control of their lives. Debt can be one of the most debilitating things because it robs you of joy and peace. It brings an added pressure to everyday life that prevents a person from being a blessing.

We cannot abstain from the modern systems that are part of everyday living. Not if we want to have influence anyway or be a difference making person in the culture we find ourselves living in. I encourage you to find systems that help you to be a better steward of your resources and to teach your children to live differently. My job as a parent is to teach my children to handle money better than I ever did. Check out the Go Henry Review blog and see if this families story helps you.