Friday, June 15, 2012

A Christian Guide to Reading Books

Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books, by Tony Reinke. Wheaton,IL: Crossway, 2011.
Why should Christians read books? Should Christians read non-Christian books? Should Christians read fiction? These and many other questions are answered in Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke. The author is a former journalist who is now serving as a theological researcher, writer and blogger. This is his first book to be published.
Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books is divided into two parts: the first part presents a theology of reading books and the second part provides practical suggestions for reading books. One of the best chapters in part one is the chapter on reading non-Christian books. Reinke describes seven benefits for reading non-Christian books. Some of these benefits are: Non-Christian literature can describe how the world works; it can “high-light common life experiences;” it can “teach us wisdom and valuable moral lessons;” it can help us see beauty in the world and in great literature; it can help us to understand the questions that are answered by the Christian faith.
Some of the significant chapters in part two are instruction on reading fiction and nonfiction books; how to find time to read; and the benefits of reading fiction. Some of these benefits are: “fictional literature provides beauty and creativity to be enjoyed;” it broadens “our range of experiences;” it “can deepen our appreciation for concrete human experience.” Another important chapter is how to read non-fiction books. Many of these tips are similar to the guidelines provided by Mortimer Adler in his classic work, How to Read a book.
This book should be helpful to both reluctant and more experienced readers. It should whet the appetite to read more books and to read in different genres. The chapters are short and easy to read.Go out and get you a copy!

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