to read or not to read

Interesting statistics from Donald Miller’s blog:

33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.

42% of college graduates never read another book after college.

80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.

70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

57% of new books are not read to completion.

Yes, the success of American culture has bold foundations in individualism and personal responsibility. But it’s been skillfully matched by a deep sense of charity, innovation, and wonder, much of which comes from the exploration of new ideas and beliefs.

Generally speaking, those that read have a greater capacity for compassion toward others while those that don’t approach life in a more me-centered mindset.


2 thoughts on “to read or not to read

  1. Sharing this one on my timeline and dropping a quote I read earlier today that you might like: “Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.” — Henry Ward Beecher

  2. Reading this blog, and not a book is my way of keeping up with the book readers out there. With a wife such as you, so deep and entertaining in every aspect of life, I feel like life is a novel every day! 🙂

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