How many books are you reading?

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  1. evangelist6589

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    Its very sad that many in the church do not like reading theology, apologetics, and history books, but instead will read self-help, and fiction books. Sad as it is but most of the folks in my singles class do not read many books, and if they do its fiction, or self-help. My roommate also does not like reading books. Sure he has read popular books like Radical, Francis Chan and other evangelical best sellers, but thats it. Finding like minded book fellowship on FB is hard, so I have this board and a site called goodreads.com. So my question is this. How many books are you reading at this time? I am reading 7 and got 3 in the mail. I bet there are people on this board that have far more books than me (I have 250-500).
     
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    My LIBRARY has hundreds of books in it that I can source for reference at any time. As to how many I am currently engaged in reading...two. 1 Fiction (I love to read for pure relaxation and enjoyment) and 1 for growth (T.D. Jakes Healing The Wounds of the Past). I probably have 20-50 books waiting to be read at any given time, divided into the two categories. I read books by various authors on various topics and they may be something I've seen that catches my interest, something someone has recommended, a preacher I've heard....just depends. On my TBR (to-be-read) shelf are books by Beth Moore, Kay Arthur, John Hagee, Roy Hessian, Dave Ramsey, Charles Swindoll, Don Colbert and many others.

    I think we must be careful not to be judgmental or critical of other people and their reading choices. They may not be at the same place in their spiritual life as you. You may prefer one type of reading more than someone else. There's nothing wrong with reading fiction or self-help books.

    Here's an example...I think it's a huge waste of time and brain power to sit in front of a television set for hours on end playing video games. I'd much rather read a great mystery. I think video games are brain draining and one should increase their knowledge and vocabulary by reading a book instead. There are many here who are avid game players and would disagree with me. Doesn't make one of us right and the other wrong...just makes us different. God made us that way. If we were all the same the world would be a boring place and there'd be no need for forums like this to discuss our differences.
     
  3. Arbo

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    I read them one at a time, otherwise I'd be like a beagle following ten different trails and never finish any of them.

    How many books do I have? Never counted, but enough that a few years ago we remodeled and built a library because we ran out of space. We tend to buy them and keep them.
     
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    I have about 6-7 books I'm currently reading

    Theology & WW2 Military mostly
     
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    I'm reading several right now. I used to read one book at a time but ever since I bought a Kindle I tend to read several at a time.

    I know what you mean about reading. I mainly read theology, commentaries or apologetics. I'm currently reading Spurgeon's autobiography, John MacArthurs book on Eschatology, an Apololgetics book by Doug Groothuis and another apologetics book on heresies. I love anything theological. Ill check out your site.
     
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    I read one at a time or else I'd be lost.



    I'd be careful with those two. They are not known for orthodox teaching.
     
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    Ann Coulters Demonic and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I am waiting on a copy of Huinger Games' Someone told me I would enjoy the movie more if I read the book first
     
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    Currently reading 66 books.
     
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    Ann,
    I have yet to find anything I would consider "Unorthodox" in Jakes' book, but then I'm not reading it to find truth. There are times I read books by such authors because others discuss them, watch them on television, etc and I want to know for myself what they teach and believe. It's like being here....I don't necessarily (and usually don't) agree with much of what is posted here on many topics. Doesn't mean I stop reading it, it simply makes me stronger in what I believe and understanding why I believe as I do.
     
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    Yep - Totally know what you're doing. :) Just wanted to say something in case someone else thinks that they are awesome books and authors to really listen to.
     
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    He was raised in jesus Only Circles, so he has a less than view of the trinity and water baptism!

    he would hold to more of a modulism view in that its same God appearing in different forms/names, but still just one person!

    Hopefully, got rid of their insistence on baptism in jesus name only also....
     
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    There is MUCH wrong with reading self-help books all the time. The Bible very clearly warns about the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life in 1 John. If your goal is the fulfillment of self, than that tells me where your god is. God is not here to fulfill anyone, He is our God, and we are slaves of Christ. Yes I do have a few self-help books from authors like Dan Miller, Dave Ramsey, etc.. But they are read with discernment in mind.
     
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    I just got the book A case for premillenialism in the mail and the seller obviously did not do research before he sold me a book in very good condition for less than a $!! Amazing.

    The book lists for $20 USED on amazon, and $50 new. Examing the book it looks virtually brand knew or in VERY GOOD condition. I got a steal!!!
     
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    Got any by Erwin Lutzer or Ray Comfort whom have written books on Hitler & germany.
     
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    In THE BOOK I am reading I have not yet found anything remotely close to anything you've stated here. I'm not saying these are not his opinions and views but I haven't read anything like these in that particular book. I do know, he is what I would term a "Word of Faith" preacher, but as I told Ann I read alot of things so that I can understand where people are getting their thoughts and ideas. I teach a group of ladies and they often come in with questions, ideas, thoughts, comments and I like to be able to give them a sound response. In order to do that I have to understand where they've gotten their question.

    I do have a line I do not cross, for instance my SIL suggested I read the wildly popular 50 Shades of Grey, saying it "brought her closer to her husband." No thank you, I do not read porn.
     
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    I purchase books on Amazon.com from the marketplace sellers for $1 all the time.
     
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    Cook books, diet books, medical dictionaries....all these fall under the category of self-help. There is nothing wrong with them at all.

    If you're worried about lust of the flesh, eyes, etc you'd do better to stand against the pornographic romance books out there than you do standing against self-help books.
     
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    Anybody collect rare/antique/first ed. books?
     
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    I don't know that I "collect" them, but I have several.
     
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    Ebay's also a good source for rare, used, and inexpensive books; but you're really taking a chance sometimes. I still have one that I acquired through the site that is kept in my garage shop because the knucklehead who owned it previously stored it in a damp basement. It's a scarce collectible copy in VG condition, but it makes me sneeze. I don't have the heart to part with it yet.
     

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