Read “A Christian Reading Manifesto”

Last year David Steele created this document: “A Christian Reading Manifesto.” It bears review for those of us in the writing of books and those who believe in the power of reading said books.

Given the efforts of our secular culture to redefine words and their meaning, his statement “Reading Forces Us to Reckon With Words” resonated. I’ve often said, “People of words must be people of the Word.” As Steele writes, “So reading forces us to pay careful attention to words. Instead of condemning words, then, we celebrate words and affirm their importance to historic Christianity.”

Below are the subject headlines of the manifesto. However, I really encourage you to read the entirety of the work.

The Christian Reading Manifesto
1. Reading forces us to think
2. Reading cultivates discipline
3. Reading forces us to reckon with words
4. Reading fuels our minds and ignites our hearts
5. Reading helps us love God with our minds
6. Reading is essential for Christian growth
7. Reading builds humility

A Modest Proposal
1. Commit to reading
2. Set an annual reading goal
3. Read broadly
4. Read joyfully

I have two nonfiction books set as a personal goal to read in their entirety this year:
(1) Systematic Theology (second edition) by Wayne Grudem
(2) Providence by John Piper

Of course there are many more I’ll read, but these two will be wonderful mountains to climb.

A new book was released last month by Leland Ryken and Glenda Mathes titled Recovering the Lost Art of Reading (Crossway). It promises to be a future book of the month!

What book or books would you like to have in your completed pile this year?

7 Responses to Read “A Christian Reading Manifesto”

  1. DAMON J GRAY April 5, 2021 at 6:30 am #

    Isaiah, by J. Alec Motyer

  2. April 5, 2021 at 6:48 am #

    Get your Bible out to read his theology.

  3. Kay DiBianca April 5, 2021 at 7:09 am #

    “Art + Faith” by Makoto Fujimura

    “The Lonely Man of Faith” by Rabbi Soloveitchik

    I also want to re-read

    “The Sabbath” by Abraham Joshua Heschel

  4. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser April 5, 2021 at 7:45 am #

    In the darkest, now of nights,
    the kind that seems it never ends,
    I find comfort in the lights
    brought by old and trusted friends
    whose words once taught a diff’rent man
    to look for dreams unto the hills,
    but now they help me understand
    that only most resilient wills
    can face the demons of the dawn
    with light heart, and with a smile
    and though I may be set upon
    by fang and claw, I’ve yet a mile
    or two in me before I’m dead,
    borne along by hope I’ve read.

  5. Joyce Erfert April 5, 2021 at 8:42 am #

    First of all, I want to finish reading all those books that have bookmarks in them from where I left off. Then, I have The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard that I recently bought and can’t wait to dive into.

  6. Debby Lee April 5, 2021 at 10:44 am #

    Very interesting, thank you for sharing. I’ll definitely be looking for this manifesto, and giving it a good read.

  7. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. April 5, 2021 at 12:47 pm #

    I am hoping to finish my reading of the Bible this year; it’s my seventh or eight time through. With “publish or perish” now a reality in my life, my pleasure reading has dropped considerably.

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