We in the church are as culpable as anyone of our own false dichotomies and extreme views. We pit social justice against theology and millennials against boomers. We call disparate ecclesiologies “satanic” and are quick to cast the first stone at those who interpret the Bible differently or read a different version of it. But, hey, our books sell really well. We are a regular marketplace of profitable extremism.
The catalyst for my journey toward fifty books was when I was given a copy of Lit! by Tony Reinke about a year ago. I had read books on “how to read” before but this one was different. Reinke instills the value of reading all kinds of books from a redemptive point of view. He also gives practical tips on reading well, widely, and efficiently.
I took some of Reinke’s principles, made a plan, set a goal, and got to work, with the result that I read fifty books last year. Here’s ten ways you can do it this year.
Amber Van Schooneveld:
All this has reminded me of the problem with resolutions: They are inherently reliant on our own strength to accomplish a task. Most people don’t say, “I’m going to seek God and his help to allow me to eat healthy and make good life choices.” They usually say, “I’m going to lose weight.”
C. Michael Patton:
Here are some of the more infamous and fun mistakes that translators and printers have made throughout the years.