The Number of Books Should Be Reduced!

If the title of today’s post has you wondering (even hoping, if you happen to be my wife) if I have finally given up life as a bibliophile, let me assure you that it is not so – and never will be. Nevertheless, a word from Martin Luther at the beginning of this weekend might encourage you to read better by reading less. From Ewald Plass, What Luther Says:

“A student who does not want his labor wasted must so read and reread some good writer that the author is changed, as it were, into his flesh and blood. For a great variety of reading confuses and does not teach. It makes the student like a man who dwells everywhere and, therefore, nowhere in particular. Just as we do not daily enjoy the society of every one of our friends but only that of a chosen few, so it should be in our studying. The number of theological books should…be reduced, and a selection should be made of the best of them; for many books do not make men learned, nor does much reading. But reading something good, and reading it frequently, however little it may be, is the practice that makes [people] learned in the Scripture and makes them pious besides.”


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