7 Tips For Better Book Reading

Some of these thoughts i took from from The Blazing Center by Stephen Altrogge.

Read Books By Dead People
We have a tendency to love what’s new and current. We like books that talk about new ideas, books by new authors, and books with new covers. We’re anxious to get the latest book by our favorite author. But in all our zeal for new books, we can miss out on the wisdom and insight of men and women that have been dead for hundreds of years. Hear the words of C.S. Lewis:

“Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books.”

We need to stand on the shoulders of men like Charles Spurgeon, John Owen, and C.S. Lewis. They knew God in a way that few people today do. So read books by dead guys.

Find A Dead Historical Hero
Don’t have a dead spiritual hero? Get one, and then read everything they wrote. Why should they be dead? Because, as John Piper says, that way they won’t disappoint you.

Read Books Recommended By Godly Men
You can see C.J. Mahaney’s recommended reading list here. The Discerning Reader has a number of similar lists on their site as well. Read these books! Also take a look at the Acts29 Network‘s list of recommended books to read.

Read Books That Make You Laugh
Humor and laughter are a gift from God, to be enjoyed for His glory.

Read Biographies of Godly Men and Women
Few things stir my soul with fresh passion for God like a biography of a godly man or woman. When I read about the life of Charles Spurgeon, my heart is moved to love Jesus like he did. When I read about George Whitfield, I long to proclaim the gospel as he did. Get a good biography and let your heart be stirred by the example of a godly man or woman.

Read One Good Book Over and Over
Charles Spurgeon read “The Pilgrim’s Progress” over 100 times during his life. Why? Because the truths found within the book gripped his soul. I want to emulate the example of Spurgeon. I want to find one book that sets my heart ablaze with love for God and then read it many times throughout my life. Consider doing the same.

Read “The Cross of Christ” and “Vintage Jesus
Enough said.


~ by jakesolivier on August 22, 2008.

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