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Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke
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“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
“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
“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
“Reading is a discipline, and all disciplines require self-discipline, and self-discipline is the one thing our sinful flesh will resist.”
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
“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
“Illuminated by the gospel, we now perceive and enjoy God’s truth, goodness, and beauty—whether it’s in the blazing sun of the inspired Word of God, in the moonlight of creation, or in the starlight of great books.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Almost all men are infected with the disease of desiring to obtain useless knowledge,”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Books are great tools, but they are disappointing gods. And once books become idols, those idols will leave us deeply unsatisfied.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Fundamentally, literacy is a spiritual discipline that must overcome the spiritual darkness that veils us. If we ever hope to spiritually benefit from our reading, the Holy Spirit must intrude upon our lives and remove our blindfolds so that we can behold the radiant glory of Jesus Christ (John 1:9). Once we see His glory, our literacy—how we read books—is permanently and forever changed.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“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
“Literature helps to humanize us. It expands our range of experiences. It fosters awareness of ourselves and the world. It enlarges our compassion for people. It awakens our imaginations. It expresses our feelings and insights about God, nature, and life. It enlivens our sense of beauty. And it is a constructive form of entertainment.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“A culture that must express its gods in visual images cannot know God accurately.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“My annual goal is to read seventy-five books, which may sound like a lot.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Sinners do suppress God’s truth in their behavior (Rom. 1:18–32). But it is impossible for sinners to suppress all the truth all the time.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Reading is an act of contemplation, perhaps the only act in which we allow ourselves to merge with the consciousness of another human being.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Reading for information only is, quite frankly, a prostitution of the art of reading.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“A wide gap separates a reader who simply consumes books from a reader who diligently seeks wisdom.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Once I began developing an appreciation for fantasy and imaginative literature like Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey, C. S. Lewis’s series The Chronicles of Narnia, and of course J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, I discovered that my appreciation for Revelation has grown and the weight of its images have pressed heavier on my soul. As I have read imaginative literature, my imagination has developed. As my imagination has developed, I have found myself reading Revelation more patiently, allowing the images to emerge in my mind until I feel the full spiritual shock of their intended voltage.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Socrates feared written books would weaken the human memory. Socrates feared written books would weaken deep thinking.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“The Internet encourages superficial browsing, not concentration.”
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
“In a world so easily satisfied with images, it’s too easy to waste our lives watching mindless television and squandering our free time away with entertainment. We have a higher calling. God has called us to live our lives by faith and not by sight—and this can mean nothing less than committing our lives to the pursuit of language, revelation, and great books.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“But my point here is a simple one: as a word-centered people we must learn to prize language in a visually-dominated world. If our hearts prioritize images over language, our hunger for books will erode.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Yet the markings in a book’s margins are the evidence of a thinking reader.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Reading literature is about absorption, about being lost in a story, and about delighting in the beautiful prose of a gifted writer.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Regardless of how many books we read, we cling to the old rugged cross. When books overwhelm us, and our intellectual limitations discourage us, we recall the gospel. In the good news of Jesus Christ, overwhelmed readers find peace, and joy, and the courage to keep reading.”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“Goodness is very seldom dramatic,”
Tony Reinke, Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books

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