Colin Adams has written from a pastor’s perspective in ‘20 Reasons to Read (Good Christian Books)’ (Unashamed Workman, 8 Jan 2008). However, it is not just for pastors to read, as there are many good reasons that apply to all Christians.
At the moment I’m reading How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortmer J. Adler and Charles van Doren. Amazing how little I knew about it, though I’ve been reading all my life. I’ve seen it recommended many times, but only finally got round to getting a copy and reading it. I can add my voice to the recommendations. I’m definitely looking forward to getting more out of what I read. I may share a little later as I go through it. On a similar vein is a short article I’ve just read. Ryan Holiday has written ‘Read to Lead: How to Digest Books Above Your “Level”‘ (RyanHoliday.net, 17 Dec 2007), which probably covers some ground in Adler.
Finally, I’ve noticed that Stephen Altrogge has also put together a short, but useful blog entry called ‘7 Tips for Better Book Reading’ (The Blazing Center, 23 Aug 2007) that is specifically aimed at encouraging Christians in their reading. I’ve been reminded of some really good principles that are worth revisiting from time to time.