Saturday, May 17, 2008

Why reading is important

I've already said that I love reading. But is it important? Here's a post entitled 'On Reading' from the Desiring God blog that argues that it is:
"Christians are people of the book: God purposely chose the medium of typography to deliver his revelation to us. In that book, we are commanded to love God with our hearts and our minds (Matthew 22:34-40). This gives Christians a clear command to use their intellects — to be, in other words, a kind of intellectual.

Reading is one of the best ways to develop our minds. It can help us to know God and ourselves, gain vicarious experience, increase our perception and imagination, train our minds to think critically and logically, and teach us self-discipline."
It's worth reading the whole thing. You can find it here.

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3 comments:

sue tweed said...

Hi Nicole! I am really keen to be involved in the book club- thanks for running it. Would you prefer for us all to wait till June 1 to start or should I start reading Faith now?
Sue

Equip Book Club said...

Hi Sue,

I'm glad you want to be involved! You can start reading the book whenever you like. It's up to you whether you want to be start now and be 'ahead of the game' or read the book in June. Lee's notes are going to be general in nature, so it won't matter where you are up to when we start.

Hope that helps!

Nicole

janellehardy said...

That's a great article on reading. Much could be said about why our culture has allowed such an important issue to fall away.

Interesting to note Daniel 1:17 which possibly reinforces what the article is saying. "To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning..."

I have noticed that even with people who find reading difficult (I have a few close to me) that God works a perseverance in them which helps overcome this weakness somewhat. Reading is an important factor to growth.

Don't you love the line in 'Ever After' by Baroness Rodmilla de Gent
Some people read because they cannot think for themselves.