Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Chapter 8 Questions

As I prepare to post the questions for this week, I am mindful of several books, I have never read which I have recently felt a desire to purchase and put on my "to read" pile. The Brothers Karamazov is at the top of the list. But the weirder ones are 1984 and Brave new World.  Both of these two latter books rather tip the scales in the kind of "fantasy" literature I tend to avoid, but with all the press about them over the last several years, I thought I'd give them a "lookie, lookie" as my Kenyan friend used to say.  So with that confession out of the way, here are this week's questions to ponder...

  Feeding the Soul: Week 8 The Use and Abuse of Good Books–Part III Chapter 8

1.  How often do I seek to memorize scripture? Do I need to do it more?

2.  How do I use the information I receive through books to advance the kingdom of God?

3.  How many books have I found worthy of reading a second or third time? What does this say about my selection of reading material?

4.  My favorite passage of (memorized) scripture is:


5.  What is God saying to me about this?


  1. So I got through the first two chapters of Brave New World before tossing it into the recycle bin. The third chapter begins with a discusion of the normalization of "erotic play" amongst 7-8 year olds. While that might be a dreamy eyes thought of what could or perhaps even has happened, I don't need it in my reading material. So perhaps I'll try Atlas Shrugged...

  2. 1. Not nearly enough. The church I have been visiting has reopened. How timely it was for me today when the pastor shared with us some methods to help us memorize scripture. But, he emphasized it is much more important to live a holy life. It is no coincidence that the subject of memorizing scripture came up in Chapter 8 this week, and then again in the sermon I heard today. This is the Lord speaking to me. I have found my new home.

    2. Work in progress.

    3. Once I read a book, I am usually done with it and don't feel the need to go back and revisit. The one exception for me now in my mature years is the Bible. I read sections over and over again. As it should be.

    4. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord , which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
    Psalms 121:1‭-‬8 KJV

    This Psalm gives me strength, hope,and courage. It reminds me that I am never alone, and that I am dearly loved.

    5. I have so much more to do.

  3. On my answer to question 3 - I am left wondering

    What does the once and done for a book reading say about my reading habits? Tozer, I think would respond that a book that is only read once is a book that was never worth reading. If that is the case, then is there a broader question about the availability of quality books? Or is there a means of making better choices for the books I do read. I think this point argues toward seeking books that serve as reference level material rather than just to appease my prurient interests.

    I struggle with this, because I want to finish a book and have a burning desire to read it again, and again, and again. That, to me, is the final judgement on the quality of a book - that it is of such value that it will serve me again, and again.

    Having said all of this, I will readily admit, that I RARELY read books that are not theological, historical, or biographical. I just see little of any need for secular music, secular literary works, movies, plays, and general social engagement, etc. I don't see them as helpful for maturing me in the faith. I see them as a distraction. But it IS something with which I wrestle.

    The challenge I put to myself, is that of reading through the Bible cover to cover, every three or four years.

  4. Anonymous #1 here. So glad to see another person respond!

  5. Thought it was a bout time.

  6. Anonymous #1 again. Yes, it was. Hopefully, more will be moved to respond as it enriches all of us.


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