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Do Not Simply Skim, but Master the Books You Read

By November 26, 2011April 12th, 2016Blog, Reading
Charles Spurgeon

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Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and reread them, masticate and digest them. Let them go into your very self. Peruse a good book several times and make notes and analyses of it. A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books he has merely skimmed. Little learning and much pride comes from hasty reading. Some men are disabled from thinking by their putting meditation away for the sake of much reading. In reading let your motto be “much not many.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

10 Books Every Christian Should Master

  1. Holiness by J.C. Ryle
  2. Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
  3. Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper
  4. Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism by Joel Beeke
  5. Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, and Documented
  6. Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards
  7. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
  8. The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions 
  9. Redemption: Accomplished and Applied by John Murray
  10. The Defense of the Faith by Cornelius Van Til