Well, I thought I would discuss briefly the motivation and goal behind this blog. It seems that everyone is pumped and ready to start reading--I am for sure. I wanted to just give the original thoughts driving this blog into existence.
It all began with a desire to read--obviously. Over the past year I, as well as some close friends, have been exposed to some really smart and godly men and their influential convictions about reading. I picked Mohler's quote as the banner that basically epitomizes the world of voracious readers. Due to the fact that most college graduates don't even read a one book a year (mostly due to not knowing how to read), and that there is this cancer called laziness that promotes the deterioration of the mind, I need to motivate myself to read books. Others share this same conviction. So, in discussion with a friend, we brainstormed on ways to keep us reading outside of mandatory reading for seminary. (Yes, originally this only involved two seminary folks.) Do we want to make for ourselves a kind of syllabus that keeps us on pace and accountable? Do we want to read the same book and meet weekly to talk about it? Do we want to make a blog? Basically, we want to avoid becoming statistics. So, here's how I will use this blog: read a book a week and post on it. However you use it is fine, but that is why I made the blog. I wanted other people to contribute, even if they just tackle one book the whole summer. But, for me and at least one other person, it will be a check for laziness. If only two people turn out to be faithful to this blog it has served its purpose.
I don't want to read books just for the sake of doing so (I think Ecclesiastes 12:12 addresses this.). Although Mohler's library is respectable beyond words, I don't want to read books just so I can have a big library (Proverbs 25:27). I want to read and master the right books, whether that ends up being only 5 or 50,000 books. Library size tends to feed pride for most.
So, just so you know. Picture me as a young kid crouched down with fists tight at the starting line of a school race. Yeah, I want seminary to end, kind of.
Posted by Eron at 8:35 PM