Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books


Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books

Paul's Goodreads Review

What an absolutely amazing book. The practical details are covered so comprehensively, yet are always framed within the bigger picture of the work of Christ. Starting off by painting a beautiful description of the place of reading and books in Christianity, the book slowly zooms in towards the everyday intricacies of reading, at all times affirming its joy and usefulness. I loved reading this book, and was saddened to reach its final page.


Literature is a form of discovery, perception, intensification, expression, interpretation, creativity, beauty, and understanding. These are ennobling activities and qualities. For a Christian, they can be God-glorifying, a gift from God to the human race to be accepted with zest.

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If we are honest, we admit that we don’t write things down to remember them; usually we write things down to forget them.

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Most of the proprietors of the commercial internet have a financial stake in collecting the crumbs of data we leave behind as we flit from link to link—the more crumbs the better. The last thing these companies want is to encourage leisurely reading or slow, concentrated thought. It’s in their economic interest to drive us to distra... View Quote

Remember, it is not hasty reading, but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee’s touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that w... View Quote

Because we are people of the Word, it has been the most natural thing in the world for us to be people of words. Because we want our children to have access to the Word of God, we make a special point of teaching them all how to read. But of course, once we have opened up the Scriptures for them, they go on to read (and write) many other things.... View Quote

The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books. Not, of course, that there is any magic about the past. People were no cleverer then than they are now; they made as many mistakes as we. But not the same mistakes. They will not flatter us in the errors... View Quote

I have often longed for a book, counted the hours till it came, anticipated a thousand things about it, flew to it at first sight with eagerness as a hawk with its prey; and in little time it has been as quiet, as if placed upon the upper shelf in a bookseller’s shop

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Think not, dear friend, that ignorance can push you out of the family of God. Little children cannot read Greek or Latin, but they can say “Abba, Father,” and that is all they need to say. If you cannot read books of deep theological lore, yet, if Jesus Christ be thine—if you are trusting in him—even the imperfect knowledge that you have... View Quote