6 Tips to Help You Read More This Year

Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading BooksI finished reading my first book this year, Tony Reinke’s Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (Kindle | Vyrso). I read it on my Nexus 7 using the Vyrso app. If you want to read more books in 2013, you’ll find a lot of help and motivation from this fine book.

Tony gives six tips to help you read more books this year:

  1. Expect resistance from your heart.
  2. Make time to read, not excuses for why you don’t read. We all have good excuses.
  3. Cultivate a hunger for books by reading (and rereading) great books.
  4. Set your reading priorities, and let them drive your book selections.
  5. Stop doing something else in order to make time to read.
  6. Try reading three (or more) books at a time and take advantage of your environments.

On #5, I’ll be replacing some of my RSS reading with book reading.

Up next: Todd Billings’s Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church, which I’ll be reading in Vyrso.

What are you reading?

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6 Responses to 6 Tips to Help You Read More This Year

  1. Clifford Kvidahl January 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Currently I am reading:

    Don Hagner’s “The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction.”

    Stan Porter et al. “On the Writing of New Testament Commentaries: Festschrift for Grant R. Osborne on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday.”

    Christ Tilling’s “Paul’s Divine Christology.”

    • Phil Gons January 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

      Recommend one or all? Is one your favorite?

      • Clifford Kvidahl January 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

        Well, I am 550 pages plus into Hagner’s so I would recommend that one. Plus, the other two are Brill and Mohr Siebeck, and we know how expensive those are.

        I really do like Hagner’s approach thus far. Very digestible chpater sizes, with very good bibliographies. More moderate in his conclusions (Q, non-Pauline authorship of Pastorals and Colossians), but strongly evangelical. It is coming to Logos soon (On PrePub), so I am sure you will get it when it comes.

  2. Ryan Wentzel January 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    - Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False by Thomas Nagel

    – Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian

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