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Reading

“Reading is more important to me than eating.” John Piper

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”  William Faulkner

“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” Abraham Lincoln

“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” Mortimer Adler

While I cannot verify the accuracy of the quotes above, I believe you get the point. I love to read. I would love to be able to write.

As to the quotes:

I almost completely agree with Piper, except I had rather read and eat, at the same time.

I love receiving books as gifts, or as a loan because someone really enjoyed the book.

Agreeing with Adler, a good book, and a cup of coffee, rank in the top ten of tools of the good life, behind faith in Messiah, loving wife and children.

Yet, I have trouble with Faulkner’s quote. I love to read. Fiction and non-fiction. Short stories and academic essays. Also, as I said I would like to be able to write well. However, as I have grown older, at the ripe old age of thirty, I find anything other than topics dealing with Scripture, using term broadly, as a waste of time. When I wish to pick up a book of fiction, my first thought is why read something that would possibly take my mind off of the Saviour, when I could be reading about Him.

I notice that most writers, read widely. I wish I could. At this point in time I just cannot. I guess I am just weird. While people are reading the books on the NY Times bestsellers list, I wonder what it would be like to read Calvin’s institutes or purchasing a set of commentaries. Most probably read National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, etc., but I just subscribed to Biblical Insights and enjoy reading Dad’s Truth Magazine subscription. All the blogs that I read, except one, are religious blogs.

So, if you would like, pull out your copy of Barth, or Bonhoeffer, and read with me.

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