I saw this quote by John Newton over at Desiring God. Quite interesting.
It is far from my intention to depreciate the value or deny the usefulness of books, without exception: a few well-chosen treatises, carefully perused and thoroughly digested, will deserve and reward our pains; but a multiplicity of reading is seldom attended with a good effect.
Besides the confusion it often brings upon the judgment and memory, it occasions a vast expense of time, indisposes for close thinking, and keeps us poor, in the midst of seeming plenty, by reducing us to live upon a foreign supply, instead of labouring to improve and increase the stock of our own reflections.
– John Newton in his letter “A Plan of a Compendious Christian Library” (Works of John Newton, Volume 1, 236).
I am also reminded of these challenging words by the wise teacher of Ecclesiastes:
Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. (Ecclesiastes 12:12b)
I love to read, theology and spiritual-devotional books. I love to study, especially theology. Even so much that, at times, I can find myself delighting in it above Him who is to be our greatest delight. Father, guard my heart. Father, guard our hearts