I’m a bit of a late bloomer. I’m convinced that it was God’s grace moving in and through my call to ordained ministry that empowered and encouraged me to become someone who enjoys reading. Prior to that… all the way through college (to my parent’s horror) I seldom picked up a book (my grades reflected this fact).
Yet, even in college, when I was interested in something, such as politics, I would actually pick up a book and read it. It was after I graduated from college that I found myself reading books, mostly on theology. It was partly through reading that God ignited my heart and mind for him and for ministry. I’ve been a fairly active and consistent reader ever since.
However, to my frustration, there are just too many good books worth reading and not nearly enough time. Therefore, the discernment process is key… which books to read and when. This process is a work in progress for me. I have been helped by folks, such as Albert Mohler, for their wisdom on the subject.
One thing that has been very helpful for me is reading book summaries and reviews. I once heard Os Guinness say that you can’t possibly read everything you want to, so why not benefit from others who’ve read and summarized (and even evaluated) some of the books that you’ve been meaning to read. If the summary of the book really excites you, you can always buy the book for yourself.
There’s a very helpful post I came across a while back at Church Relevance on this point. I recommend that you read that as well.
Below are a few book summary providers that I’ve come across. Two of them I have already subscribed to. A couple of others I’m considering. If you have other recommendations, I’d love to hear from you. The first one, Christian Book Summaries, publishes on a variety of books. The other three focus on leadership, business, etc.
For books on theology, culture, worldview, etc., I usually read reviews from wherever and whomever I can. I have some great sources for them, such as WORLD Magazine, First Things, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, just to name a few.
Again, let me hear from you if you have some other good suggestions. I’m always looking for ways to read more (as well for ways to remember what I read).