How To Use And Enjoy Other Books

Even light reading, such as good (mostly Christian) fiction, can have value. Good stories can explain, inspire, amuse, motivate, comfort, and encourage. If you have been reading and studying some “heavy” material, good fiction can relax your tired mind. However, many Christian novels are off base on Scripture to a certain extent. Don’t park your critical faculties in your mental garage, when you read fiction. Regarding serious books, these always need to be critically studied! Don’t let any books take the place of reading God’s Word!! How should we handle reading books, other than the Bible? Ask yourself questions! Is the author a person who has been used of God? Does he or she validate, even by implication, worldly behavior? God’s standards apply for today just as they did for yesterday. Is the author’s teaching in harmony with Scripture? How is it in harmony or where is it not in harmony? Is there any false teaching? If so, don’t read it unless you are able to refute its error. Does the book contain useful information and neither endorses nor discredits the Bible? Do you really need the information? Be sure that your reading is for more than adding to your intellectual storage bin. Information is to be applied for the Glory of God!  One other caution, for some, is don’t use reading as an escape from unpleasant reality. Selah! When you read, think. Is this material enhancing my Christian life and service?  “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8    Ron

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