Spurgeon on Reading

July 21, 2009 § Leave a comment

Below is an excerpt from Spurgeon’s sermn on 2 Timothy 4:13, “When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.”

He is inspired, and yet he wants books! He has been preaching at least for thirty years, and yet he wants books! He had seen the Lord, and yet he wants books! He had had a wider experience than most men, and yet he wants books! He had been caught up into the third heaven, and had heard things which it was unlawful for a men to utter, yet he wants books! He had written the major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books! The apostle says to Timothy and so he says to every preacher, “Give thyself unto reading.” The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. Brethren, what is true of ministers is true of all our people. You need to read.
When I was 18 years old I can honestly count the number of books I had read, in my whole life, on one hand. That’s right I can’t remember reading more than 5 books. This isn’t because I blocked out any memory of it, but because I actually didn’t read anything. Since that time reading has become more and more of a passion for me. In fact, I agree with CJ Mahaney when he says that reading is an evidence of grace in his life.
Here are some very helpful insights on how to read more, how to read effectively, and how to read efficiently.
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