Why Unhealthy Reading Results in Unhealthy Life

Remember my ten points of a healthy book? Do you find yourself wishing that more stories followed those points? If so, then you have already realized there is a cost to not reading healthy stories.

The following state describes those who do not care for good storytelling:

1.    Their minds are constantly plagued by stories they find exhausting
2.    Living in these stories harms their family relationships
3.    They find themselves lonely in these stories
4.    The world was a place they remember being nice when they were children, but now, they strangely do not find it so

Unhealthy reading will always result in unhealthy life. More than half the books at your local library deserve to feed a bonfire. Don’t get me wrong! There are plenty of great stories in your library. There are just so many other stories that aren’t good, and their poor storytelling is drowning out the voice of those stories that are good.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. I’ve found a secret to writing books that give the reader imagination, inspiration, and a foundation for wholesome living. Here’s the story: Living in the modern world, I found it difficult to avoid all the draining stories circulating around every possible media venue. Yet, I knew it wasn’t always that way. I started reading some books that were slightly older – books that had stood the test of time – books that are so loved that we call them “classics”. I especially studied classic children stories, which are worth more than many lengthy adult novels. All the best stories that gave me the most imagination and inspiration in this life had one thing in common: They were all wholesome and centered on plotlines that could be believable (pretty much). That’s right. The stories were so imaginative that their plotlines didn’t have to focus on a crutch like brokenness, the turmoil of despair, or even the adrenaline pumping method of space explosions or one long series of fast action scenes. Instead, the stories focused around things that are common in life. The end result was characters you could relate with and trust, relationships that relied upon one another, places you could imagine and try to recreate, and a refreshing night’s sleep where you dream of how you can improve this world to be more like the story you read.

I read these stories . . . and then I wrote them. My stories have begun with The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor, and they are only growing!

If you agree with my ideals, then you will love my authored books The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor – both fictional novels that put to practice these principles. I don’t just theorize! Purchase these books today at Amazon.

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

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The Top Ten Points of Healthy Reading

Agree with these points, and you have the same appetite for literature as I do! Apply these points to your life, and you will have a much more imaginative, inspirational, wholesome, and healthy lifestyle. If everyone applied these points to their lives, Social Media would die within a few years. It will anyway. . .though it might take a little longer (a couple generations tops). Don’t understand that statement? Keep reading!

1. A good story has a theme of redemption instead of a theme of despair.
2. A good story doesn’t keep you in suspense on EVERY page. There are places of refuge where the reader’s imagination can fully develop – these places are places the reader will want to re-read the rest of their lives.
3. A good story doesn’t exhaust its readers – it invigorates them in their daily lives.
4. A good story builds strength/resourcefulness on every page and not conflict. There can/should be places of conflict or at least suspense, but they should be balanced with strength.
5. A good story builds new descriptions on every page. If readers are not continually re-brought into the story, they will not be able to fully picture and imagine it for themselves.
6. A good story should be something that can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages even though it might focus on a particular age group. If a story is only enjoyed by a few who grow out of it, then it is not a good story in the slightest.
7. A good story encourages healthy society in some way or another. Literature that does not do so is only used by those who change society for the worse.
8. A good story shows the reader how to live life and not how to escape it.
9. A good story shows that we are not merely individuals but that we belong to a family.
10. A good story encourages virtue and not vice in the reader, and as such its main focus should be on virtue.

So, what did I mean about Social Media? Social media (similar to Hollywood) has not been encouraging these ten points in the stories that it focuses on, and that’s one reason why you won’t find me on SM! For instance, it does not encourage healthy society because it encourages people to become more and more involved with it until your energy is consumed. Did you know that most social media companies hire “attention engineers” who study Los Vegas tactics to make social media more addictive? Want to know more about the ills of social media in today’s society? Watch the below video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E7hkPZ-HTk

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

P.S. To get you started on a more imaginative, inspirational, and wholesome life, buy my books The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor today!

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