How I Like to Read a Book

Those who follow my blog might notice that I’m still reading a book I started back in July, when I made some posts about the book then. Unfortunately, I haven’t spent a lot of time in the book since then. When August rolled around, I was busy getting ready to teach, and once the school year started, I was done reading anything other than my Bible and a few commentaries as I prepared for sermons on Sunday.

But things have opened up a bit in the last few weeks, and I’ve found quite a bit of time to start reading again. When I read a great book, I don’t want to fly through it, but to read slowly, think about what the author is saying, and even take notes as I read. This is how I read through Calvin’s Institutes so many years ago while at seminary. I was taking an independent study course with Dr. John Hannah with the expressed purpose of reading slowly through the Institutes. It took me a full year to finish reading it. At the end of the course, Dr. Hannah asked, “so what grade to you think you deserve?” I had to think about it for a minute. I gave myself a B+ and he was satisfied.

In the same manner I’m making my way through Dr. Jason Lisle’s, Understanding Genesis. This isn’t just a book about the first book of the Bible, but one that sets out to discuss the book, and the many interpretations of it, using logic and sound hermeneutical techniques. In other words, he starts by giving a lesson on both those areas, as well as a lesson on types of literature found in the Bible and on the number of translations of the Bible. He is making an over-all defense of the faith and is showing that by using sound reason, logic, and proper hermeneutical techniques,  there is no room for many of the interpretations that are put forth today concerning Genesis 1-2. See my post below for an example of that.

Given all that, I’m predicting that I should finally finish this book by January, maybe even February. Then I will have to find another book to sit and read at Starbucks every morning.

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3 thoughts on “How I Like to Read a Book

  1. Will look forward to hearing more about what you learn from the Genesis book when you’ve done with it, if you care to share it.

    We must also lessen the number of theological books, and choose the best; for it is not the number of books that make the learned man; nor much reading, but good books often read, however few, make a man learned in the Scriptures and pious. – Martin Luther

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    • I plan to share a lot as a continue on… hopefully, I will be able to teach through the book of Genesis with the church I’m currently helping. They are really eager learners.

      Love the quote from Luther. 🙂

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