So this is my third month of 30-day challenges. I started doing these after reading about Sarah Ruszkowski’s personal challenge to complete a year’s worth of these things! My original intention only had six on my list but after reading about Sarah’s goal I upped my game.
In August, I endeavored to write 1000 words a day and knocked that one out of the park. Read more about August’s challenge here.
Last month I set myself the task to read 10 or more books in 30 days.
By the end of the day on Sunday, September 30th, I was halfway through book 13. So I’ll count that as a successful challenge!
To recap the books I read, check out the post I wrote about September’s challenge here.
Lessons Learned from September’s Challenge
Reading a book every 2 to 3 days is really easy.
Like, ridiculously easy.
It helped that I had most of September’s blog content written (during August’s challenge) and had the time to spare that otherwise would have been spent writing content.
But in all honesty, writing 1000 words a day was a lot harder than reading 10 or more books in 30 days.
I had favorite books and learned a lot from all the books I read.
There were a couple that, after reading them, became obvious why they were free on Bookbub (when I got them).
This many books in less than a month, though, is a breakneck pace for a lot of people that is not sustainable.
I won’t be able to keep this pace AND keep on top of all the other things I have going on, most notably my day job.
So going forward I’ll have about 4 books a month on my to-read list, and pace myself more appropriately.
What October’s Challenge is All About
Sarah Ruszkowski’s first challenge (August 2018) was to hand-copy a chapter of Scripture every day. Her plan, which you can read here, jumped between a few different books in the Bible.
I’m going to hand-copy the Book of Acts.
This is the Book directly following the Gospels and is full of the acts of the disciples following Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Immersing myself into this book is going to be an adventure in the Word like I’ve never had before.
I know and have known for a while, that my knowledge in Scripture has been deteriorating the further I’m removed from my elementary years when I memorized a LOT of Bible verses for homework and confirmation classes.
Another resource that will likely help me in my understanding while doing this is The Bible Project, which has a section and two videos on Acts!
The Schedule (and Grace Days)
The Book of Acts has 28 chapters.
October has 31 days. (Hello, Halloween!)
This allows me three “grace” days to take off or use to catch up should my schedule run away from me.
I’m going to be utilizing the resources and tips that Sarah came up with after her challenge completed.
Accountability Posts for October
I actually forgot to make more than one accountability post for September’s challenge, but reading 10 books took significantly less effort than writing 1000 words a day.
However, I’m going to be doing accountability posts again for this month, because it’s pretty much a daily thing again.