Every American Needs to Read Books to Understand Islam

7. Schedule reading time every day and then stick to it. For me it's going to be in the mornings and the evenings. I'll take a half hour in the mornings before I start my PJ editing routine and strive to find the minimum two excerpts for the day. (So that'll usually be reading at 5:30 AM in the mornings, hoping to catch a nice sunrise, which I like to feature on Instagram too.) Then my evening reading can have more freedom across subjects since I will have already found my two excerpts for the day.

8. Switch from reading the Bible just on Sundays to every day. When? I have decided that the first and last book I will read each day will be the Bible. With the free Bible app on my iPad this should be simple enough to remember.

I don't mean to argue for this to try and sound pious, holier-than-thou, or like some Bible-thumping social conservative anachronism. I just want to understand the ideas of the Bible -- the book that has most shaped Western Civilization -- and consider them in juxtaposition with my daily readings.

Now that I'll read the Bible daily this opens up my Sunday history readings for a second book. I'm going to strive to read more books about war, starting with Logan Beirne's Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency, which I started recently and am enjoying. This should fit well alongside my study of all of Paul Johnson's histories, starting with A History of the American People and then A History of the Jews.