A Christian Guide to Reading Widely and Reading Well
by Tony Reinke;
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I don't have time to read. - I only read Christian books.
I'm not good at reading. - There's too much to read.
Chances are, you've thought or said one of these exact phrases before because reading is important and in many ways unavoidable. Learn how to read, what to read, when to read, and why you should read with this helpful guide from accomplished reader Tony Reinke. Offered here is a theology for reading and practical suggestions for reading widely, reading well, and for making it all worthwhile.
Lit! by Tony Reinke was published by Crossway in September 2011 and is our 38971st best seller. The ISBN for Lit! is 9781433522260.
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Lit!Johnny Douglas, via The Good Book Stall
Reading is believed in but rarely done! Here you'll feel yourself to be in the company of an accomplished reader. Reinke’s book articulates how Christians can and why they should read books of every sort. If you’ve ever struggled with explaining this, get a copy of Lit!. He gives very solid reasons, going all the way back to our early church fathers and the Reformers. Truly mature readers treasure wisdom and the pursuit of Jesus in all things and this is a remarkable, accessible and unique title in this vital quest. Furthermore, Reinke offers the very foundation for reading itself. God chose the written word to reveal Himself and made strict prohibitions against the making of images. Today’s culture, with its emphasis on television, advertising and internet, is one of images. Reading, which has always been difficult mental work, becomes more difficult as we feed ourselves a mental diet of bits of information delivered in fast moving images. Reinke navigates this cultural challenge powerfully.
I appreciated the body of research and the scale of the engagement from Reinke, here from Camus: ‘A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images’. I did find value, more than I even expected, and I found it through a very rare combination of encouragement, creativity, depth, theological penetration, and even playful accessibility. Beautifully and attractively delivered in font and format. Reading is truly duty and delight and in this title you have a world class guide!
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“I read many books, but seldom do I enjoy one more than I did Tony Reinke’s Lit!. Many of my greatest childhood adventures, and much of my growth after I was converted as a teenager, came through reading imagination-expanding and life-changing books. Tony’s writing is thoughtful, perceptive, concise, and God-honoring. He upholds biblical authority, and offers helpful guidance, while allowing for a range of tastes. Lit! rings true to my own lifetime of reading experience. As a reader and writer of both nonfiction and fiction, I appreciate the breadth of Tony’s treatment, which includes a variety of genres. For book lovers, this is a treasure and delight. For those who aren’t book lovers, it makes a great case for becoming one.” — Randy Alcorn, Founder and Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries; author, If God Is Good and Heaven
“There is so much to commend about this book that it is hard to know where to start. The most obvious virtue of the book is its scope. On the subject of reading, Reinke covers every possible topic. Each topic, in turn, is broken into all of its important subpoints. With a lesser writer, this could produce a tedious book, but the opposite is true of this book. Reinke says just enough, but not too much. The effect is like seeing a prism turned in the light. There is never a dull moment in this book. Once I sensed that Reinke was going to cover all the important topics, and with unfailing good sense and Christian insight, I could hardly put the book down. What will Reinke say about THAT topic? I found myself asking. But to add yet another twist, Reinke has read so widely in scholarly and religious sources that I do not hesitate to call the book a triumph of scholarship. Reinke writes with an infectious and winsome enthusiasm. It is hard to imagine a reader of this book who would not catch the spark for reading after encountering Reinke's excitement about reading and his carefully reasoned defense of it.” - —Leland Ryken, Professor of English, Wheaton College
Details for Lit!
|Page last updated||26th July 2017|
|Author / Artist||Tony Reinke|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Crossway (September 2011)|
|Number of Pages||208|