Quotes about reading

Reading is a difficult pleasure because it requires discipline, diligence, and focus. But like in any pleasure, it is a pleasure that can be done for God’s glory.

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In a world so easily satisfied by images, it’s too easy to waste our lives watching mindless television and squandering our free time away with entertainment. We have a higher calling. God has called us to live our lives by faith and not by sight—and this can mean nothing less than committing our lives to the pursuit of language, revelat... read more


Reader, If it is not strong upon your heart to practice what you read, to what end do you read? To increase your own condemnation? If your light and knowledge be not turned into practice, the more knowing a man you are, the more miserable a man you will be in the day of recompense; your light and knowledge will more torment you than all the devi... read more


Know that it is not the knowing, nor the talking, not the reading man—but the doing man, that at last will be found the happiest man

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Truth discovered in non-Christian literature may glow brightly in our eyes, but for authors not washed in Christ’s blood, these truths bear a heavier guilt upon their souls before God and reveal their damnable lack of obedience and lack of gratitude to God

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Christian book reading is never a solitary experience, but an open invitation to commune with God.

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Thinking deeply about the gospel is the only way to consistently feel deeply about the gospel

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So it is with piano playing, and fly casting, and throwing a ball, and knitting, and learning a foreign language, and reading great books. At one point these tasks were all difficult and awkward. Learning the skill and practicing it was not fun. The joy is on the other side of the hard work. This is basic to all growing up. Part of maturity is t... read more


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