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Vantage Point: Summer Reads

By Ken Horn
June 10, 2012

Not everyone has the extra time, or the inclination, to read more in the summertime. Still, many do, and it’s a good excuse for us, once a year, to focus on a few good Christian books.

It’s also an opportunity to talk about the importance of reading.

Never before have so many entertainment options vied for our attention. A lot are options that have decreased the time people spend reading. But now, some of the technological breakthroughs actually encourage reading. Various devices are providing more and more e-books to a rapidly growing market.

I don’t believe print will ever go away, although recently even Encyclopedia Britannica announced it would end the sale of its print edition. And at least one best-selling author, Christian novelist Jerry Jenkins, feels that “print books will eventually become quaint specialty items.”

Both print and e-books will surely continue to be accessible. With the ease of self-publishing electronically and the inexpensiveness of printing just a few books at a time (print on demand), the print market, while diminishing as a whole, is being flooded with low-quality volumes. This means discernment is needed.

While it is a good thing to read, not all time spent reading is well invested — if the content or writing is less than stellar.

Two observations:

Everyone should read.

Everyone should read quality books.

It is important for believers to read Christian books. But not even all books labeled Christian are a good investment of one’s time. Finding dross among the treasure of spiritual literature is as easy as finding shallow images of the faith and religious hucksterism on Christian TV. It’s there.

Some of the ways to find good reading material are to read trusted authors, get recommendations from people you trust, or check the offerings of trusted imprints.

Whether you enjoy holding an actual book in your hands, or you prefer the ease of digital reading, there is plenty of valuable spiritual reading material available for you. A few recent publications are featured in this issue.

Ken Horn

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