On occasion someone I know will recommend a book to me. I love reading a good book, but unfortunately I can’t read them all, nor should I.
How then should I go about selecting what I read? I think Tim Challies does a good job outlining what we should be looking for in a book in his article 5 Questions to Ask of a Book. This may not work for all of the books you’d like to read, but it is something that you should certainly consider, especially when it comes to your spiritual growth.
Use the link above to read the article in its entirety, but here’s a summary of the main points:
1. Does it draw its truth from Scripture?
2. Is it faithful to the Bible?
3. Does it have a Gospel focus?
4. Does it lead to other sound teaching?
5. Is it well-written?
Bonus: Does it advance a discussion?
By Bob Fraleigh
Bob is the Community Life Group ministry leader at Songtan Central Baptist Church. He has a heart for training up others in God’s Word and crossing linguistic barriers to do so. He retired from the military after 27 years of serving his country and now lives in Songtan, Korea with his wife Micha.