Anyway it was nice to catch on what is discussed on "Out of Ur" and to read this article by Skye Jethani: "I read dead people"
I particularly like the paragraph I have highlighted below. Makes good sense and I find it to be true. Just last week I was having a conversation with a church member (who has been with us less than a year). A really amazing mother of three who among other things is doing her Masters in Theology (part time). As we discussed books, I felt almost embarrassed (just for a moment) that I was so far behind on my reading. And it was just as embarrassing (also for a just a moment) for me to tell her (knowing me and my "honest" approach, I had to open my mouth and volunteer this bit of information) .... tell her that quite a few of the books we discussed I had read but for the life of me could not remember much about what I read. I believe I used the term, "not very memorable"! :-)
Don't feel so bad now LOL
People ask me all the time, “Who do you read?” In most cases they’re looking for book recommendations. (Some people, particularly Calvinistas, are trying to determine if I’m safe--are my ideas and my theology grounded in what they see as credible sources.) But my answer usually surprises them: “I read dead people.”
What do I mean? In my role with Leadership Journal I get dozens of books sent to me almost every week from publishers. They’re looking for some good press, an endorsement, or a review in our pages. And while there are some very good books being written these days (we feature the best every year with our Golden Canon awards), there is also a lot of chaff. I simply don’t have time to read everything.
So here’s what I’ve learned. If someone has been dead for a while and his book is still in print and widely read, then it’s probably worth reading. And, if we’re honest, there are precious few books written by Christian authors today that will still be read in 24 months, let alone 24 years. I want to use my reading time to immerse myself in powerfully formative material, and not just flash-in-the-pan trends. Does this mean I never read living authors? No, of course not. But if they’re not dead, I like them to be pretty close. I can usually trust that they’re not going to waste what time they have left on this earth writing sappy Hallmark card sentimental Evangelical fluff.
For the rest of the article, of here