Tim Challies posted a helpful piece on four reasons why we ought to be reading. Here’s a short summary of the first two:
Read to Know – The best reason to read books is to know God. We believe, of course, that each of us can and will meet God in his Word, but this does not mean that he reveals himself to each of us in equal measure. We can and should benefit from what others have learned and we do that through books.
Read to Grow – There are many ways the Lord shapes us and causes us to grow. I do not mean to downplay the value of sermons, personal Bible study and even circumstances. Still, books are a very significant means of the Lord’s grace to us.
Read the whole post here.