Growing Your Passion for Reading


Growing Your Passion for Reading

[We realize that we cannot endorse some of the writers below, but they are offered as part of this article that encourages us to read.]

”The Church will only go as far as her leadership.”
–Chuck Swindoll

Readers are leaders and leaders are readers.
– Warren Wiersbe

“Bring. . .the books, especially the parchments.”
– the Apostle Paul, during his final imprisonment (2 Tim. 4:13, NASB)1

“He is inspired and yet he wants books.  He has had wider experiences than most men, and yet he wants books.  He has been caught up to the third heaven, and yet he wants books.  He has written major portions of the New Testament, and yet he wants books. He has seen the Lord, and yet he wants books. The apostle says to Timothy and so says to every minister, “Give thyself unto reading.”  The man who never reads will never be read.  The man who never quotes will never be quoted.  And the man who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains
proves he has no brains himself.”
– Charles Spurgeon

“My books!  I cannot tell you what they are

to me– silent, wealthy, loyal lovers.

To look at them, to handle them, and to

re-read them!  I do thank God for my books

with every fibre of my being. 

Friends that are ever true and ever your own.”

Oswald Chambers

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten
which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.
– C.S. Lewis

A home without books is like a room without windows.
A little library, growing every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history.
It is a man’s duty to have books.
A library is not a luxury, but one of the necessities of life.
–Henry Ward Beecher

There are essentially two things that will make you wiser
–the books you read and the people you meet.
–Charley “Tremendous” Jones

If you read one book every month about your industry, in ten years you’ll have read 120 books.  That will put you in the top 1 % of your field.
All the books you haven’t read won’t help you.
–Jim Rohn

Reading good books today is an investment for tomorrow.

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
–Oliver Wendell Holmes

Read, not to contradict or confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.  Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
–Francis Bacon

“Read, read, read!  Use the Bible as your home base, but vary your diet.
I usually have several books going at once,
tucked around here and there for easy access.”
–Ruth Bell Graham

“When you sell a man a book
you don’t sell him just twelve ounces of
paper and ink and glue—
you sell him a whole new life.”
–Christopher Morley

“Reading is a way of trapping the mind into doing its own thinking.”
–Christopher Morley

“Reading aloud is one of the best kept secrets of good parenting.”
—Barbara Bush

“If [one] must read only the new or only the old, I would advise him to read the old . . . It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”
—C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock (Eerdman’s, ’70), pgs. 201-202.

“Many Christians are so busy trying to keep up with the books of the hour that they never catch up with the past to meet the people who belong to the ages.”
– Warren Weirsbe

“I used to not trust anyone over thirty.  Now I hesitate to trust anyone under 300.”–Thomas Oden

1 The content of these materials is still open to debate. The terms could refer to sacred Scripture (i.e., the OT), to written accounts of the Jesus’ sayings and doings, or to Paul’s legal papers (e.g., his certificate of Roman citizenship). Any of the above conjectures or even a combination of those conjectures is possible. Whatever their contents, they were especially valued by Paul.—College Press NIV New Testament Commentary CD.

Dru Ashwell, Executive Editor
College Press Publishing Company

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