“One Book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many!”
― Martin Luther
I definitely agree with Martin Luther on this one. Among my friends and family, I”m known as an avid reader, and sometimes even accused of being “obsessed” with books. I read the Bible every week, but I’m also usually reading a novel and a book on some religious or spiritual topic at the same time. That doesn’t include magazines, articles on the internet, etc.. After I retired, I worked at the public library for a while, and I’ve been in a book club. I love being around books and discussing books.
When you’re a reader you are constantly learning. Even a novel may teach all kinds of things about different times, places and people, You mull over ethical questions and are exposed to different points of view. Here are some of the ways reading is good for you:
- It slows the process of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- It reduces stress. Reading the Bible or other spiritual texts has been shown to lower blood pressure
- It expands your vocabulary
- Gives you stronger analytical and thinking skills
- Improves focus and concentration
- Readers are better writers
- Promotes inner peace and tranquility
- Provides free entertainment
We can thank the reformers and their desire to make the Bible accessible to everyone for our own ability today to read and learn about practically any topic we chose. So read your Bible (and something from another book) every day. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn! In my next post, I’ll tell you what I’ve been reading and learning.