If You're A Christian Who Reads Christian Books, Then Here Are A Few Questions For You…

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“Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” (Ecclesiastes 12:12)  I am a voracious reader.  I read mostly Christian books on a wide variety of topics.  I read very little fiction these days, but that’s a topic for a future post.  If you’re a Christian who reads Christian books, then here are a few questions for you;

1.  How do you go from reading a Christian text to putting what you read into practice?  Describe the process… 

2.  Do you prefer printed or Ebooks?

3.  How long would you say it takes you to read an average Christian Book?

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  1. tim says:

    1. Application is easier with apologetics & marriage books… theology is chewed on, eventually swallowed…

    2. I’ve come to appreciate e-books (I’m striving to become a digital nomad)- less bulk, less silverfish… happier wife

    3. Average Christian book reading time… hmmm, I’ve been reading Hodges Theology for years, never really finished- really depends on the material (JP Moreland: dense, like a pastrami sandwich)

  2. Leah Randall says:

    I love books, too.
    Question 1. It depends on the book and the subject matter. Sometimes “the process” means I let something sit there and simmer on a back burner until the Lord brings me into an encounter where something from the book will “speak” to another person, or something falls into place or me. Those would be books I have read for “information”, to hear a viewpoint or find particular insight on a topic. (Example, Blomberg’s Historical Reliability of the Gospels). Other books, those I read for inspiration, with an expectation of being “edified”, the process usually begins with finding someone to talk to about what I’ve read. It then shifts either to writing about it or meditating on how it speaks to my present circumstances or needs, how it fits into the big picture/reacts with what other believers are talking about, etc. If the book has a profound impact on me (and it has to line up with the Bible to have that), it becomes a “touchstone”, and I will find myself returning to it and thinking about it again and again for a long time, maybe the rest of my life (examples, Sweet- I Am a Follower, M. Scott Peck-The Road Less Traveled, which is actually on mental health, but Peck brought to the writing of it his Christian faith and understanding of love and grace.)
    Question 2. Print books look nice and “scholarly” on my bookshelves, but I have just as many ebooks…so, no preference.
    Question 3. It varies. I can knock out most books in 1-3 day, but sometimes it takes weeks. I often stop, pick up one or more other books, finish it/them, then return to a book. This week I read a powerful Christian novel (I usually read non-fiction) in a day. It was that good! It’s not that I’m a speed-reader. I just have more time to read than the average person these days and I don’t enjoy watching TV.

  3. Laura M. says:

    Good questions. 1. I need to get better at this! No process really. However, I find that if I write a thoughtful review of the book or interact with it in a series of posts, that this helps me better “own” the material. When I understand what I learned, this impacts me on a deeper level and affects my life.
    2.PRINTED! I am very tangible. Holding book, turning real pages, highlighting/underlining with my hand and a real pen – all these things are critical for me. I suppose kindle would be okay for fiction, but I don’t read much fiction.
    3. Totally depends on the depth of content. But I can only “process” so much at a time. So it generally takes me at least a week to read an average Christian book.

  4. Jonathan says:

    1. How do you go from reading a Christian text to putting what you read into practice? Describe the process…

    Once I realized that there are now more books in print (not counting anything that will be printed in the future) than I have time remaining in this life, I started to develop a plan on what and how I read:

    a. I generally use C.S. Lewis maxim of alternating between old and new books (I’ll define “old” here as anything written by Lewis and earlier).
    b. I also try to add a good work of fiction every 4-5 books or so just to keep my mind keen and the enjoyment factor up (man, some of the non-fiction writers are dry!). Historical fiction is my favorite.
    c. I work through a book 2-3 times (but it is much faster than how I used to read when I only read 1x through). First time through, I’m moving very fast, highlighting interesting phrases/passages. Second time through, I only focus on the highlighted passages and the surrounding context (I can missing things). I’ll use software like Microsoft OneNote (similar to Evernote) to jot notes in about these passages. If, after these 2 times through, I’m just knocked over by the book, I’ll go through it a third time to create questions, chapter by chapter in preparation for a future group study. I may also purchase the audible version of the book if I consider it to be top notch (there are a number of books that I’ll listen to after I’ve read it). NOTE: If I get 1/3 of the way through a book and rarely highlight and/or the book/author just isn’t grabbing me, I and teaching myself to just stop and put the book down (probably never to pick it up again).

    2. Do you prefer printed or Ebooks?

    eBooks are more efficient. Sure, I like the feel of an “actual” book in my hand. But I value the ability to take hundreds (closing in on 1,000 now) of books with me where ever I go. I have noticed that the search function on my Kindle takes insanely long now so I’m going to have to cull the books that I have downloaded.

    3. How long would you say it takes you to read an average Christian Book?

    My goal is to get through 3 books per week on the initial reading. 2 per week is okay. If 1 or less, then I’ve hit a problem point in my life that needs addressing.

    One last thought, books like “How to Read a Book” (Adler/Van Doren), “Validity in Interpretation” (Hirsch), “The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing” (Calvani, Mayra and Edwards) have helped me immensely in this area. I refer back to them often to keep me on course.

    I now read for the purpose of strengthening rather than for the sake of the number of pages/books that I can claim to have finished. Not a trivial point for me.

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