Reading What?, Part 2

August 13, 2022

Scripture Resource Passage: Ecclesiastes 12:11-12 (Note: Yes, I know the old language sounds sexist in today’s environment.) “The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.”

The last days of summer approach. Thunderstorms and pounding rains provide extra hazards. If you are searching for a thunderous challenging read, consider raining a Philip Yancey classic into your life. The Jesus I Never Knew, was published in 1995. Online sources make used copies readily available.

My copy looks like the photo below. Billy Graham once said, “There is no writer in the evangelical world I appreciate more.” High praise from a powerful voice who reached out to literally millions of people across multiple continents with diverse cultures. Consider using the close of summer to enrich your life with Yancey’s, The Jesus I Never Knew.

Repeat of last week’s post–Why Should We Read Fiction?

Kathleen A. Mulhern

By reading literature we learn to know ourselves in new ways. Literature can help us to have mercy on ourselves and others, can divest us of the ignorance that places ourselves at the center of the universe, can make possible new ways of understanding our own befuddled choices. Augustine recognized that we cannot know God without first knowing ourselves. In complex characters and broken situations and deeply human conundrums we have space to explore facets of our souls that we hide from ourselves as much as we do from others.

Prayers for the people and country of Ukraine continue.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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