Jean Williams provides a helpful guide to reading, particularly focussed on Christian literature, but which would direct any deeper reading. The section on knowing why we are reading, and how that might influence how we read, such as the genres and titles we choose, is a thoughtful reflection for any Christian to consider, as they seek to grow on their journey of faith.
"Reading books can sometimes feel like an outdated skill, something you were forced to do at school and happily gave up once you left. I’ve noticed that when I do a lot of online reading, my brain learns to skim, to dip in and out, to jump from one idea to another. I don’t take time to think through and apply what I read. My reading becomes fragmented, shallow. To read a book, I have to retrain my brain, to coax it into a slower, more reflective style of reading. The good news is that our brains are very adaptable. We can learn new skills: it just takes practice."
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