Cultivating a Reading Habit

CViE|20 Aug 2018

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JK Popham in 1920 as part of one of his letters to young people wrote “Cultivate the habit of reading while you are young. Later in life you may find less leisure for so delightful an occupation and recreation.” How true are these words and it is almost 100 years since they were written; especially in the age in which we live where perhaps the opportunity to cultivate the habit of reading is being eroded through the use of social media and the busyness of life.

Reading is an essential skill in preparing us for our lives and CViE is keen to promote, in the fear of the Lord, this habit to help encourage children and young people up to school leaving age in their reading of Christian literature. Consequently, at the National Event 2018, CViE will be making available a ‘voucher’ that can be used, by this age group, to select a book(s) of their choice (up to the value of £8) from the bookstalls of Christian Bookshop Ossett and the Gospel Standard Trust Publications.

Download details of the Cultivating a reading habit scheme. 

Although the scheme is intended for children and young people, the following blog post from the Banner of Truth website “When I was a child”. The post makes reference to a book of this title by Marilynne Robinson (a Pulitzer prize-winner) and is a timely reminder of the importance of the reading habit in moulding our minds. In the post nine points are also identified relating to the practice of reading and choosing books, these are:

1. Know that your reading is important.

2. Reading and praying are the best ways to spend leisure time.

3. Master those books you have.

4. Make sure your learning results in heart knowledge.

5. Live in the Bible.

6. Read the Puritans.

7. Learn from Paul’s example – 2 Timothy 4:13

8. Discern what you should and shouldn’t read.

9. Prioritize your reading with what nourishes your soul.

Read the Banner of Truth blog post

Finally, in J Gadsby’s Larger Hymnbook for schools and families there is a hymn that warns against bad books. Although compiled in the 19th century, the sentiments are timely warnings regarding all our reading, especially in this information age:

All worthless books away I’d throw,

Whatever may result;

These eyes were never given, I know,

Their Maker to insult.

My heart will thorns enough afford,

Without my sowing too;

I am responsible to God,

For what in life I do.

What sinful foolish hands have writ,

Much evil will produce;

It draws from God, lead to the pit,

And makes one vain and loose.

Lord, give me grace to shun all books

Which lead from heaven and thee;

And make thy Word, Most Holy One,

More precious unto me.

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