Reading Difficult Books

If a book is easy and fits nicely into all your language conventions and thought forms, then you probably will not grow much from reading it.  It may be entertaining, but not enlarging to your understanding.  It’s hard books that count.  Raking is easy, but all you get is leaves; digging is hard, but you might find diamonds.

John Piper, God’s Passion for His Glory, 29, on why reading Jonathan Edwards and those like him is worth every painstaking, mind-expanding, heart-enlarging second.

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