Two posts ago I asked for some suggestions about what to write blogs about this month as I try to write something every day. My friend Dustin answered that call and suggested two topics. His first suggestion was about reading fiction and/or non-fiction books, what my thoughts are about that and what my favorites are. Well, here goes.
I like to read a lot and I like to read books of all sorts. There is some debate, whether people will admit it or not, about what Christians should read. Should we read only books about the Bible, Jesus or God? Should we avoid fiction altogether?
Honestly I don’t know what the answers to those questions are. I don’t know what my Pastor would say is the right answer and I am sure I could find many respectable Christians that have a strong opinion on both sides. Well I am hear to give my strong opinion right down the middle. Can you even have a strong opinion in the middle? Either way, that is where I lie, right smack dab in the middle.
I think there is value in fiction and non-fiction. For me I like to read a little of both. I like to read some non-fiction about historical figures and events. Quite frankly any non-fiction that happens to spark my interest at the time is something I will grab. It might be some self-improvement topic, or informational topic about a software program I use, but historical non-fiction are my favorite. These non-fiction books provide me more information about this world and allow me to answer a lot of questions on Jeopardy! Fiction on the other hand allows me to read without having to think too much. It almost allows me to shut off my brain completely while not sleeping. Fiction also allows me to see inside some things I would never have the option to see inside of like the CIA.
Then there is Christian fiction and non-fiction. While I haven’t found a lot of Christian fiction that I enjoy I do like to read a lot of Christian non-fiction. I try to read some sort of Christian non-fiction every day, in addition to the Bible. In fact this year I gave myself a goal to read 14 theology-ish books. Currently I am reading Rescuing Ambition by Dave Harvey. I like to read these books to help me be as close to Jesus as I possibly can. I take the lead from men and women who are much more intelligent than I.
Here are some of my current favorites
Their Last Suppers:Legends of History and their Final Meals by Caldwell Andrew
any book by Michael Crichton, David Baldacci or Vince Flynn
Hunger Games trilogy
Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley
Buck-Naked Faith: A brutally Honest Look at Stunted Christianity by Eric Sandras
So what was the point of this blog? To inform you that I like to read? To inform you that i read books about a lot of topics? No, the real point of this blog was to show you that there is no right answer about what you should be reading. The only questions you should be asking yourself when choosing a new book to read, in my opinion, are the following:
Is this book pulling me away from time with God, family or anything else God has called me to do?
Is the book instilling non-Biblical thoughts and ideas?
If you can answer no to both of these questions, I say you are good.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to comment below.