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“If we neglect Scripture in order to read only other books, we not only cut ourselves from the divine umbilical cord that feeds our souls, we also cut ourselves from the truth that makes it possible for us to benefit from the truth, goodness, and beauty in the books that we read.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Currently, the Library of Congress houses eighteen million books. American publishers add another two hundred thousand titles to this stack each year. This means that at the current publishing rate, ten million new books will be added in the next fifty years. Add together the dusty LOC volumes with the shiny new and forthcoming books, and you get a bookshelf-warping total of twenty-eight million books available for an English reader in the next fifty years! But you can read only 2,600 - because you are a wildly ambitious book devourer. ... For every one book that you choose to read, you must ignore ten thousand other books simply because you don't have the time (or money!).”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“We get one chance at this life. We have one body, one mind, and one life to live. Reading provides us with a vicarious experience of others' lives.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Stories arrest us. Parents use stories to capture the attention of active children. Preachers use stories to capture the attention of sleepy adults.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“A lot of people assume you can think better with a slow diet of books, but that will not be the case for every reader. I prefer inundation.”
Tony Reinke
“Our goal is not to finish a book, or merely to talk about a book,
but to use our books to grow Christlike character”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“All the elements and forms that are essential to religion (a concept of God, a sense of guilt, a desire for redemption, sacrifice, priesthood, temple, cult, prayer, etc.), though corrupted, nevertheless do also occur in pagan religions. . . . Hence Christianity is not only positioned antithetically toward paganism; it is also paganism’s fulfillment. Christianity is the true religion, therefore also the highest and purest; it is the truth of all religions. What in paganism is the caricature, the living original is here. What is appearance there is essence here. What is sought there can be found here.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“The lesson I have learned is that a failure to cultivate the imagination leads to an unintended neglect of the imaginative literature of Scripture, and this in turn leads to some degree of spiritual atrophy. For Christians, the stories of Revelation are not optional reading. Nor are they child's play. Imaginative literature--the kind of literature that invites us to see in our imaginations what we cannot see with our eyes--is an important part of the Christian's literary diet. It challenges our idols. It challenges what is false and trivial in our lives.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Sin blinds our hearts to the true meaning and purpose of the Bible, even if we carry well-highlighted copies in our hands.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Don’t allow unfinished books to pile up in a mountain of guilt. Show patience with a book, but cut the ties when necessary and move on.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books


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