Anyone who knows me personally knows I’m an avid reader. Finding good books to read is an endeavor I think that will last me the rest of my life. Very few books are written these days suggesting good reading material much less that of a Christian nature. Today, I want to share with you one of the best. “Take & Read” is a book about spiritual reading. It’s author, Eugene Peterson, is best known for his paraphrase of the bible titled “The Message”. Peterson’s works over the years have been a blessing to me. This one highlights several types of reading lists and suggests books that many of you probably have never heard of. I know I had not heard of some of these books until reading about them in Peterson’s lists.
Take & Read begins with a call to deeper spiritual reading. So much of what is on bookstore shelves these days is quite shallow and does not require much work to digest. The books on this list, however, will give you pause to think. One of the first books I read from the suggestions in this volume, John Cassian’s “Conferences”, was an amazing read though it took a while for me take it all in. The book is hundreds of years old (yes, even over a thousand years old) and read like a modern day book of pastoral work. There are other great suggestions here for you to consider. Most of the books are classics and many are available for free through the internet if you know where to look! There are some modern day works recommended though. Peterson does not limit his choices to just those books that are hundreds of years old.
There’s much great reading out there that is considered classic literature that you will never find on the shelves of ANY bookstore. These are books that are crying out to be read in our modern day. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book and begin making your own lists. Then, enjoy the reading!