Years ago someone told me, “He who reads leads.” I don’t recall who that person was; hopefully I will be able to meet them and thank them in Heaven some day, but in the meantime, I have made reading a major part of my life for the major part of my life and it has made all the difference.
Kenneth Samples’ blog addresses this issue by giving some excellent advice.
By the way, I recommend his books and podcast (“Straight Thinking”)as well.
The motto for the United Negro College Fund sends chills up my spine whenever I hear it: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This simple sentence is foreboding—yet it offers a worthy challenge.
From a Christian worldview the stakes are even higher. The Bible teaches that humans are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27). Thus, we could say that a mind patterned after the mind of an infinite, eternal, and triune God is a fortiori1 a terrible thing to waste. Because the human soul survives death, cultivating the life of the mind to the glory of God takes on an eternal dimension. The scriptural imperative is to love the Lord your God with all of your being (Matthew 22:37)—this includes your mind.
My five practical tips on reading—influenced by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren’s How To Read A Book—are designed to help…
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