Christians: expand your reading horizons. Are you growing in the knowledge of God?

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It portrays a sad truth about the imbalanced reading that is far too common among Christians – especially Christian women.

Some are immediately offended by this type of thing. Note: the point is not that there is never a time for Christian romance or fiction or light reading. Of course there is. The problem is the imbalance. It is all or primarily what some people read.

Past post: The dangers of Christian fiction?

I’ve served as the church librarian for several years. Yes, some churches still have libraries! But I often feel discouraged at the type of books donated…indicative of what people are primarily reading. Some of it does not even qualify for the library, as it has a specific mission statement: “to provide sound, scholarly, Christian resources for formation, discipleship, and leisure reading for members and visitors.”

Challenge your self to expand your reading horizons.

Read a biography of a Christian missionary or Christian historical figure. I just finished this book: Evidence Not Seen, A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II. I highly recommend it.

How about a book about…theology or doctrine? Every Christian needs to be growing in their knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10. Did you know that the apostle Paul often connected knowledge and doctrine with our ability to mature in our faith? He did.

Consider 5 Minute Theologian, Maximum Truth in Minimum Time. It introduces everyday people to important theological truths, but without being overwhelming. 1936311I am sharing the 3-page chapter on the “preexistent Christ” with a class I am teaching on Colossians at my church. When did Jesus Christ come into existence? (That is a bit of a trick question, by the way.) Do you know the answer? You should. This doctrine is VERY important. It’s importance can hardly be overstated. The Christian faith hangs or falls on it.

Here is a challenging quote from A.W. Tozer:

“Why does today’s Christian find the reading of great books always beyond him? Certainly intellectual powers do not wane from one generation to another. We are as smart as our fathers, and any thought they could entertain we can entertain if we are sufficiently interested to make the effort. The major cause of the decline in the quality of current Christian literature is not intellectual but spiritual. To enjoy a great religious book requires a degree of consecration to God and detachment from the world that few modern Christians have. The early Christian Fathers, the Mystics, the Puritans, are not hard to understand, but they inhabit the highlands where the air is crisp and rarefied, and none but the God-enamored can come.”

Related posts here: Christians: your brain needs exercise, just like your body

Challenge yourself to learn new things!