Part 3: Getting Started
Part of being a healthy church is developing a culture of Christian literacy. This is not just about reading the Bible. It’s about knowing how to read all kinds of information and how to process it in the light of God’s Word. Psalm 36:9 says, “For with you is the
fountain of life: in your light do we see light.” I am more convinced than ever that my enjoyment of Scripture and Scripture’s mastery over me pushes me to read out of my comfort zone; it stokes the flames of curiosity and drives me to read various kinds of
literature. But for our purposes, I’d like to focus this article on reading Christian literature.
Where do you start?
1) Ask– The first step into becoming a reader might be to ask someone for help. Ask someone you trust (and better read than you) who will not give you recommendations that might be cumbersome or potentially misleading to your
faith. Ask them what they’re reading and what they would recommend.
2) Join– Nothing will help you stay accountable than simply asking someone in church if they’d read a book with you. Tony Reinke’s Christian Guide to Reading Books, affirms the power in communal reading: “Reading books together with other Christian friends provides us with a place for collective discernment, and a
place for spiritual illumination. And those are sweet moments!”
3) Go– Go to Barnes & Noble and just start walking through the aisles. Grab a book and sit down. Go to the public library keeping in mind, however, that they don’t usually have a healthy selection of Christian literature. Go online to Amazon.com or (one of my personal favorites) wtsbooks.com. If you’re wondering whether or not to buy a book or spend your precious time reading it,
read a book review. Several fine book review sites exist at Challies.com, World magazine or Christianity Today.
“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
― Desiderius Erasmus