Giving Thanks

Give Thanks – 13: Books

“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.” ~Erasmus


And, that pretty much sums up the budgeting philosophy in our house!  Thankfully, my husband shares my affinity for books…and my daughter is learning to!  We have several overflowing bookshelves throughout the house…and I am looking forward to seeing one in Hannah’s room someday (very) soon!  Those books that do not fit on the bookshelves (a common occurence) can often be found stacked on just about any flat surface…or the car, as one, or two, often accompany us on trips that might involve waiting…


“Reading and rigorous discussion of that reading in a way that obliges you to formulate a position and support it against objections, is an operational definition of education in its most fundamental civilized sense…Reading, analysis and discussion is the way we develop reliable judgment, the principal way we come to penetrate covert movements behind the facade of public appearances.” (from The Underground History of American Education, as quoted in So Much More, pg. 154)


I love to read, and I believe that the ability to read, with comprehension, is a key ingredient to true education.  If you can read, and know where to look, you can learn about almost anything!  But…that is another post…


Today, I am thankful for good, Christian books!  I am not talking about the typical self-help, your best life now, captivating, ear-tickling nonsense that is often found on the majority of “Christian” bookstore shelves.  I am thankful for books that challenge, strengthen, and make me think through my convictions.  I am thankful for books that, at times, act as the “older woman” from Titus 2, discipling me through what biblical womanhood looks like in the everyday tasks.  I am thankful for the “academic” books that deepen my understanding of some Scriptural passage.  I am thankful for books that teach sound doctrine and biblical theology (no, they’re not just for seminary students and uber-geeks).  I am thankful for biographies which allow me a glimpse into the life of some godly man or woman. 


It is true that no book written by human authors could ever compare to Scripture.  And, no book should ever take the place of God’s Word in the life of the believer.


But, just the same, I believe that God has given these men and women a gift for communicating His truths.  He has given them wisdom, and unique experiences, an understanding of interpretation, and a grasp on the original languages that I may never have…and I am thankful for the opportunity to learn from them!  May I be humble enough to realize that I do not have all the answers, and to utilize the blessing of their shared wisdom!


(What are you thankful for today?  Hop on over to Rebecca Writes, and share what you are thankful for this month!)

1 Comment

  1. What a blessing that your whole family loves to read. Three out of four in my family do. I’m still working on my husband. 🙂

    Your concluding paragraph is stated so well – no book replaces the Bible, but many books communicate God’s truth in them. Amen.

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