Author Tony Reinke, who formerly served as research assistant for CJ Mahaney, is a true book lover. Just after reading some of his tweets or a few articles on his blog, not to mention seeing his library, one comes away with a sense that Tony loves to read and share with others what he is reading. That is why when I heard he had written Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books, I knew I had to read it.
In the first several chapters, Reinke walks the reader through a theology of reading, trying to show how important it is to read, how reading can glorify God, and how reading books by non-Christian authors can impact your spiritual life. The most helpful concept from this section was when Reinke classifies all reading into a dichotomy: reading Scripture and reading everything else. He continues this division by stating his own subcategories of “everything else,” which includes “Reading to know and delight in Christ,” “Reading to pursue vocational excellence,” and “Reading to enjoy a good story.” The last half of the book deals with practical advice on reading books, including how and why to mark up books, how to carve out more time to read, and how pastors can inspire a love for reading in a congregation.
This book will challenge what you read, how you read, and how much time you set aside to read. It will also inspire you to read books you might not normally read; for me that is more classic fiction, more poetry, and more of the Christian classics. If you are an avid reader like me, this book will deepen your passion for good books. And, if you are not a big fan of reading, this book may inspire you to crack open a few more books.Tweet