Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
A call for Christians to reclaim the priority, privilege, and practice of reading.
Christians are identified as people of the Word—submitted to the authority of God’s written Word, called to center our lives on it and not on the image-driven world that vies for our gaze. But how do we build such lives, and what do they look like?
Tony Reinke’s answer is that we are to be re...more
Even though the point of the book is to convince non-reading Christians to care about reading,...more
It is thoughtful because, before delving into the "how-to" of being a good reader, he addresses the theology of reading for Christians. I felt these first six chapters actually could have used a bit more editing for concisenes...more
I never thought I would enjoy reading a book about reading as much as I just did.
About a month ago I had the opportunity to review this book and I turned it down. Then just two weeks ago I began seeing some posts on Crossways' blog about this book and it looked more and more intriguing with each post. So curiosity got the best of me and I bought the book for my Kindle and now here I sit typing my review after having just finished this great read.
Lit! is not a book about other good boo...more
All that to say, I have endeavored to be as fair as possible to the book, though this difficulty is compounded by the incoherence of the argume...more
The foundation of Lit! is the contention that God's illumination can come to...more
What I have learned from about twenty-years of serious reading is this: It is sentences that change my life, not books. What changes my life is some new glimpse of truth, some powerful challenge, some resolution to a long-standing dilemma, and these usually come concentrated in a sentence or two. I do not remember 99% of what I read, but if the 1% of each book or article I do remember is a life-changing insight, then I don’t begrudge the 99%.3 When 1 percent of what you read is life-transformin
Lit! is divided into 2 sections. I'm embarrassed to admit that I dragged through most of the fir...more
Being that I spend nearly every free moment reading and aspire only to read more, I have found it helpful to regularly read books about reading. I'm always glad that I do. This book has several helpful thoughts, and though few of them were new to me, they are worth revisiting and reflection.
"Lit!" is a good book. It is often very simple at times and should be thought of as introductory. In it Rei...more
I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading Tony Reinke's book about reading. I would recommend this book to any Christian reader or soon-to-be-reader. In fact, move it to the top of your to-read stack right now!
Part 1 is laid out very well with a theological depth necessary to orient the discussion about reading,...more
This book came highly recommended from all sorts of places (Challies, World Mag, and the referrals on the book itself: Ryken, Alcorn, Packer) and I really wanted to love it. I at least wanted to like it, not feel merely [eh] about it. Who am I to disagree with all those professional writers?
Last year I loved Alan Jacobs' The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction and Marilyn Chandler McEntyre's Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies and I hoped that this would be a nice continuation in...more
Reinke is very linear, which I appreciated. This book takes a journey through the philosophy of reading well (or perhaps moreso choosing well) so you're an intentional reader and can actually DO something with what you read. And then he walks the reader through some practical issues of how to read well what you choose - how to maximize your efforts for the greatest outcome.
He makes a strong preliminary...more
If this book truly represented a "Christian" approach to reading books, it would be sad news for that religion. I for one have never equaled "being Christian" with "switching your brain off". Unfortunately, that is what, for long stretches of its text, this volume seems to be suggesting. It appears to be reducing the human brain's function to mechanically comparing whatever is written in the Bible (pre...more
It is a fun and easy read. The author is clear and convincing. His style is fresh and honest. And his love for God's Word is clearly seen in every page.
This is a book full of practical advice for the one who is starting to read on a regular basis and for the one who already has his shelves full of good books.
Overall, I think Reinke's text is an excellent introduction to the topic of reading for any Christian that wonders if it is important that they read, and if so, how and what they should read.
The text is divided into two sections. The first section, titled "A Theology of Books and Reading," highlights the importance of reading for Christians. Reinke insists that the first priority of a Christian is reading the Bible, being the direct written work from God himself After that, regardless...more