HT: Tim Dunn
A lot of what Dever says is applicable to people who aren’t pastors as well. A good place to keep some books to give away is in your car. That way, you have access to them if you need them at work, at church, when visiting relatives, etc.
I only give books to those who promise to read them. I put a note on my calendar to check in one month to see if they are reading.
This is some great advice! As the pastor of small church where members and elders “just aren’t readers,” I’ve really struggled with how to encourage and challenge them without frustrating them or expecting everyone to love reading as much as I do. Education level has something to do with it. But I don’t want to settle for the assumption that most folks just won’t ever love learning. I’ve also found that some are more willing to listen to accessible audiobooks and sermons/talks if I burn them a CD.
I love to read, and am living in a neighborhood in which many are illiterate or functionally illiterate. Instead of going to church with my neighbors, I go to a reformed church with others who love to read. (and, my neighbors don’t feel comfortable with the culture of my church, part of which involves the reading level.)It’s troubled me how divisive culture,level of education, and socioeconomic status can be in the church. We tend to clump in homogeneous groups. I love the suggestion of audio books and would like to add that as a homeschooling mother of 16 years, I’ve discovered that many children’s books are treasure troves of wisdom and may be less intimidating. (and more fun)
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Justin Taylor is senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway and blogs at Between Two Worlds. You can follow him on Twitter.
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