Cynicism. It’s everywhere. Doubt. Pessimism. Skeptics abound. Life just isn’t getting any better.
We know it’s not an attitude Christ wants us to enjoy. (John 10:10) But let’s face it—the troubles we have, the issues we hear about everywhere, it’s hard not to be cynical.
And the books written today wallow in cynicism.
One such series is The Hunger Games. The evil capitol, forcing children to kill each other in a television game show atmosphere, the winner is the survivor and lives rich and comfortable the rest of their lives—it’s a genius plot. A fascinating story.
One that calls for a hero.
In steps Katniss Everdeen. She volunteers to be a part of the Hunger Games so her younger sister doesn’t have to fight. Heroic. Continue reading
We’ve added a pamphlet to the church library! Polycarp was an important Church Father, and you can learn more about him through the new addition! It will add 30 pages to the Reading Challenge as well.
Tony Reinke’s book, Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books is not solely for the amateur reader.
“The gift of literacy is more profound than merely mastering literacy techniques, improving comprehension, and learning to speed-read. Fundamentally, literacy is a spiritual discipline that must overcome the spiritual darkness that veils us.”
For example, the Ten Commandments were written down. That day, when God—who created the Earth, the universe, humans and animals—decided to give us the commandments, He wrote them with His mighty hand. So we must read.
But this book is not demanding that we read. No, instead it gives advice on when and how to better our reading. Because we’re all busy, and could we possibly find more time to read? With these tips, the answer is yes!
Another example about encouraging us to read is passive versus active entertainment. Our flesh craves passive entertainment. Who doesn’t want to just sit around and be entertained, such as by television or video games? Reading is active entertainment, where we have to work.
And let’s face it, after spending a day keeping the kids in line, or working with whining customers, who wants to slog through an intense read? After reading Lit, you’ll know better how to glean information from valuable books while ignoring the ones that won’t help, as well as making reading an enjoyable experience.
Visit chapter 8 for pointers on how to read a book. Try chapter 10 to find more time to read. Read chapter 14 to raise readers in the home. In chapter 11, you’ll find out how life today can cripple reading habits. And if you’re not a person to mark up your books, read chapter 12 and see if your books remain clean after you’re done perusing them.
Lit is a great book to start off a year of reading. Pick up a copy in the church bookstore today!
Meridian First Baptist Church’s reading Challenge for 2012!
Nothing quite like this has happened before… and you can play an important role.
No money involved. No hassles. And definitely no manual labor.
Check back soon for more details.