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pile-of-booksJustin Taylor points us to the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s blog, Between the Times, where Professor Bruce Ashford has an outstanding series on disciplined reading.  Here are the five parts of the series:

  1. On Disciplined Reading
  2. What Should I Read? Choosing from a Vast Array of Options
  3. How Should I Read? Tips on Getting the Most from Your Reading
  4. Why Should I Read? Other Advantages of Reading
  5. Questions, Answers, and Concluding Thoughts

On “what” to read, he offers these principles:

  1. Guard your time in the Scriptures.
  2. Avoid limiting yourself by era, tribe, or category.
  3. Reading the great authors is more helpful than reading a great number of books.
  4. Make a list of categories and read a selected number of books each year, in each category.
  5. Read a few select journals and magazines

On “how” to read, he offers these tips:

  1. If you would like to become a disciplined reader, you probably need to make a plan.
  2. Figure out your “reading style.”
  3. Always carry a book.
  4. If possible, drink and read at the same time.

On “why” to read, he suggests that reading does the following:

  • sharpens the mind
  • exercises the mind
  • gives one something about which to converse
  • allows one to “travel” to other times and places
  • reduces stress
  • provides an inexpensive and low maintenance form of entertainmen

In the final post, he answers questions he’s been asked throughout the series, on:

  • How to find books to read
  • How to find time to read
  • How to choose between print and electronic media
  • How to keep discipline from being drudgery
  • How to retain and organize what is learned from a book

In his final post, he promises that “In the near future, I will provide suggested reading in various disciplines and genres such as theology, intellectual history, missiology, international affairs, fiction, history, and current affairs.” If you appreciate his general counsel, you may wish to keep your eye on Between the Times for the more specific advice.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 22 June 2009 at 20:26

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