Let's hear it for reading


CJ Mahaney in a recent post said this:

I try to read a lot but unfortunately I forget a lot, too. (Did I mention how discouraging this is?) But over the years I have read many unforgettable sentences and paragraphs that have made a lasting impact on my thinking and on my ministry. 

Is reading worth the time investment when so much is forgotten? John Piper says yes. 

In a message long ago (July 12, 1981) he said this:

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%.

Read, but not to remember everything. Read because that 1% that you remember has to potential to change your life. 


One thought on “Let's hear it for reading”

  1. I know this is a year old – but I don’t remember reading it before!!
    This is just what I needed to find, because I’ve just inherited a large number of Christian books from a friend…and have been feeling rather guilty about spending time trying to read them and wondering if it’s right to keep so many. Now I’m looking forward to finding those gems in these books which will be life-changing or affirming.

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