For some, reading is a blast. Reading serious books feels like eating steak, entertaining ones like dessert. For others, though, reading is like eating vegetables. You know it’s important, but it’s not all that fun. So you find other things to do instead.
“Many struggle to find a good route into being a good reader,” Kathleen Nielson observes in a new roundtable video with Rosaria Butterfield and Gloria Furman. How then can one who isn’t “a reader” grow in her desire and ability?
“You’ve got to have a plan,” Butterfield insists. Regarding Scripture, there’s simply no way you can last as a “verse-a-day believer.” A Christian is one who “shoulders an awesome responsibility: stewarding the world’s ideas in a biblical way.”
But how do we rightly read the Bible? Among other things, we must carefully account for genre. “You don’t scan a text message the same way you do a sonnet,” Butterfield says. “If you did, you’d completely misunderstand the text.” In other words, we must engage Scripture in accordance with what it is. “Presuming the Bible should open itself up to you on your terms is dangerous arrogance.”
Furman is laboring to cultivate in her children a love for God’s Word. “I remind my daughter she isn’t looking at a textbook. She isn’t just reading about God. These are God’s words, and should be treated like food.” And like the best foods, Nielson adds, “The more you eat, the more you want.”