What Books (And Especially the Bible) Can Do For Us

From Life in Christ:

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us…. We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” Franz Kafka, Letter to Oskar Pollak, January 27, 1904.

A reader of the whole – which is to say the only – Bible concludes, then, that Kafka evidently agreed with God.

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>There’s No Place Like . . . Libraries!

>I love books; I love to read books; but I especially like to read books in places that manifest the pleasure of reading. The blog “Curious Expeditions” has put together an impressive collection of libraries from throughout the world. Below are a couple of samples.

The picture above is Queens College Library in Oxford.

This picture is of the Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Amont, Austria.

There are many more so check them out!

>Books and Coffee Beans

>”You’ve got to create a space in which reading can take place, where you have your stuff.”

Here is a great little video tour of Dr. Al Mohler’s personal library. When I was a student at Southern Seminary, I got to see his library, but since that time, much work has been put into arranging and cataloging it. In the video he provides a great tip for keeping your books in their best shape, which consists of keeping roasted coffee beans in the study! He also provides a great summary towards the end of the importance of the pastor’s library and the conversations it provides the pastor with theologians from today and from the past.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8693850&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=00adef&fullscreen=1

Al Mohler – Study Video from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.

[HT: James Grant]