I love to read.
I hate to read.
I don't have time to read.
I only read Christian books.
I'm not good at reading.
There's too much to read.
Chances are, you've thought or said one of these exact phrases before because reading is important and in many ways unavoidable.
Learn how to better read, what to read, when to read, and why you should read with this helpful guide from accomplished reader Tony Reinke. Offered here is a theology for reading and practical suggestions for reading widely, reading well, and for making it all worthwhile.
“Before we step into a fully-stocked bookstore, we must be determined to read the imperfect in light of the perfect, the deficient in light of the sufficient, the temporary in light of the eternal, the groveling in light of the transcendent.” (source)
“They taught me to think deeply about the gospel and to preach the gospel to my own soul. This is vital, because thinking deeply about the gospel is the only way to consistently feel deeply about the gospel. You cannot cultivate affection for the Savior without reading and studying the Word of God.” (source)
“Some people collect coins and baseball cards. I collect other people’s thoughts. When I read an important sentence or paragraph (the 1 percent), I mark it and then later return and copy it into a topical database on my computer.” (source)
“Sin blinds the heart to the glory of Christ, and when the glory of Christ is not seen, lives remain unchanged.” (source)
“I regularly plunge my soul in solid theology books about the person and work of Christ.3 I bathe my mind in the theological works of a few dead theologians—Calvin, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, Thomas Goodwin, Herman Bavinck, and Geerhardus Vos. And I immerse my soul into the works of contemporary authors like J. I. Packer, D. A. Carson, John Stott, R. C. Sproul, John Piper, Jerry Bridges, and C. J. Mahaney. Old or new, I prize any books that will help me swim deeply into the person, work, and love of Christ.” (source)
Tony Reinke is a nonprofit journalist and serves as senior teacher and host of the Ask Pastor John podcast for desiringGod.org. He is the author of Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books; 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You; and God, Technology, and the Christian Life.