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
The foundation of Lit! is the contention that God's illumination can come to...more
Pastor C. J. Mahaney’s foreword does a thorough job at setting up the book by describing the important part that reading has played in his life and Christian walk. Reinke then begins the book by explaining what...more
The first part of the book (A Theology of Books and Reading) is a defense of reading: why we should read, why we should desire to read and what deters us from reading. Some of this section for me was superfluous simply because I already agreed that readi...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
When I first saw the title of this book, I thought, "If ever there was a book written just for me, this is it!"
I was wrong.
Tony Reinke's guide to reading is a book with MUCH broader appeal than just bibliophiles like me. The back cover states that this is a book for those who love to read, hate to read, don't have time to read, read only Christian books, aren't good at reading, or can't decide what to read. It seems like that covers just about everyone, and...more
"Books will complicate your life," Reinke says in his first ch...more
Go to your local bookstore or if you’re lazy go to Amazon.com and search for “reading.” You will find an assortment of very good books about the topic of reading--organizing your reading, reading faster, or maybe increasing reading comprehension. What you will be hard pressed to find is a book that offers practical advise but first develops a robust theology of reading. Tony does just that in Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading.
A Theology of Reading
Tony begins by saying,
Even in its fallen...more
A Christian Guide to Reading Books
by Tony Reinke
Reinke takes reading and breaks it down to the basics then builds up a case for reading as a way to...more
The first part deals with the theology of books and reading: the scriptures being primary, understanding everything we read in light of them and having a biblical worldview, how personal sin and the gospel shape all we read, and an interesting chapter about the importance of words in an image-saturated culture. Part...more
Lit! is divided into 2 sections. I'm embarrassed to admit that I dragged through most of the fir...more
The first thing that I really appreciated about the book was his emphasise on scripture as ultimate. He explains that we should seek to read as much scripture to saturate our mind—to shape our worldview by scripture, not Christian books. He then shares a wonderful analogy of the bible...more
The first section is a theology of books and reading. In this section Reinke lays out thebeginningsof literature with God writing with his fingertip the 10 commandements. He also interac...more
I've been reading Tony's blog for years and get many great insights into God and reading, so I thought I'd read his first published book and see if he could teach me some more about reading. Though nothing here is really ground breaking for a bibliophile it was still useful in many ways.
The book is broken up in two sections: One on the Theology o...more
Part one is the theology of books and reading. I have to admit that this really bored me. I LOVE to read and I just couldn't get into it. Once I moved on to Part two - Some Practical Advice On Book Reading - it became easier reading and the advice presented was thought provoking.
Some of the subjects that he hits on are how to find time to read, what...more
I think he did drop the ball on exploring Christian literature. He explains that Christian literature can be more dangerous than non_Christian literature because we assume that it is safe, but he doesn't delve too deeply into that point. (and he ment...more
Christians have been (and ought to be) people of words and people of books. Tony builds a sturdy, textured theology of reading. He then proceeds to outline practical advice regard reading.
A skillful, imaginative approach to reading is recommended. Rather than just giving trite platitudes or pat answers, Tony rolls up his sleeve and gets down to the hard work involved. His writing is rather explora...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
However, he does raise at least that point for de...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