The Need for Spiritual Reading

There is a great line from the movie “Shadowlands.” The C.S. Lewis character, played by Anthony Hopkins, says, “We read to know we’re not alone.” He picked that up from a former student and let it teach him something valuable later in life.

A challenge I have in my own life is reading great books. Books teach me. The temptation is to read only for pragmatic purposes. I could read because I’m preparing for a class, or preparing a sermon. To read deeper is a challenge… and a joy.

Spiritual reading for me is reading to know God. It will take me a little longer. It may not be something I can preach or teach right away. It may be something that takes me several readings to understand. Yet, I pound away because I want God to do something IN ME. Not for others. IN ME. I need my heart made pliable.

What reading challenges you?

My top books:

Seven Storey Mountain, by Thomas Merton

Desiring God, by John Piper

Loving God, by Chuck Colson

Divine Conspiracy, by Dallas Willard

The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas A Kempis.

I have some fiction books that have been great, but these are spiritual wells where I draw the best water for my life.

What about you?

One thought on “The Need for Spiritual Reading

  1. Daniel, books on theology and leadership really get me going.

    Yes, some CS Lewis too.

    I’ll just list authors for now:

    NT Wright
    Gordon Fee
    DA Carson
    JI Packer
    John Piper
    Myles Munroe

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