Take Up and Read: How to Read a Book


Reflections

Profile of African America man reading book at home.

This current blog series on Reflections is intended to encourage Christians to read more vigorously by providing a beginner’s guide to some of the Christian classics in such fields as theology, philosophy, and apologetics. Hopefully a very brief introduction to these important Christian texts will motivate today’s believers, as St. Augustine was called to in his dramatic conversion to Christianity, to “take up and read” (Latin: Tolle lege) these classic books.

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This week’s book is not a Christian classic but rather a contemporary classic on reading titled How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren. This volume revolutionized my understanding of reading and became one of the most important books that I have ever read. I learned so much from this work that I return to it yearly for continuous review and study in the art and science of reading.

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