10 Tips to Read More and Read Better

I love books. Old books, new books, baby board books – each one is my very favorite ever.
I used to say that I loved reading, but I really don’t make enough time in my day to justify that claim. This is something that I am trying to change, and Tim Challies has a very helpful post on the subject: 10 Tips to Read More and Read Better. It’s a handy numbered list just long enough to inspire but short enough for those of us who, well, you know…those of us who don’t have time to read a lot…
ht to my friend MamaArcher

Now it’s confession time. How many people clicked to enlarge the image just so they could see the titles on my shelf?

Bonus points if you have any of the same books.


  1. A Servant of the King says:

    I recognized your Landmarks right away and had to enlarge the picture to see which ones you owned. 🙂

  2. MamaK asked “One question. What can you tell me about “American Jezebel”? I had it, couldn’t remember why I had it, so after skimming it, I got rid of it, not sure it was something I wanted on my shelves. But YOU have it, too…Why?”

    Well I’m guilty of bringing the book into the house. I bought it specifically to see how the other side of the (ideological) table portrays itself.

    Eve LaPLante is according to the Amazon.com review “a 11th generation granddaughter” and as I recall from the introduction she is a self proclaimed feminist. I wanted to hear her perspective on her great-grandmother Anne who was a proto-feminist. A Google search on her name will reveal how she is venerated for “standing” against “oppressive” (male) puritan authority. She was also a false teacher and a a trouble maker. Go to annehutchinson.com/creed.htm to see her own creed it’s a.) incoherent and b.unorthodox. For instance in it she declares “A minister that hath not this new light is not able to edify others: that have it.” She just gave herself license and authority to “discern” “in the spirit” who had the “gift” to teach the body of Christ.

    Sound familiar?

    Finally for those of us dealing with modern day, self proclaimed “prophets” and “teachers” I believe there are rich lessons to be gleaned from how our spiritual forefathers handled controversies in their day if we look for them. The puritans were by no means perfect but they were much more focused on and driven to the Word and it’s application than I think we can even comprehend today.


  3. Great article – thanks! I’m always looking for ideas of books to read and this article gives me some good guidelines to remember!

  4. a suburban housewife says:

    Ooh! I’m reading American Jezebel right now. I would love to get your take on it.

  5. Quiverfullacres Mom says:

    Well, I didn’t think to click until you said something! Thanks! I love all those old landmarks!

  6. I clicked to see and I had to laugh. I am a huge history buff and several of those books I was intrigued by.

  7. I clicked on it! I am not sure if I have some of the same books, I think maybe a couple.

  8. Hi Kim!

    I have a confession to make: I actually like visiting your homey blog waaaaay better than getting the emails about a new post from you. I just thought I’d put that out there, now that I’ve been on your email list for a while….I just like visiting better.

    I’m also a book lover…..I like to re-organize my books in the living room bookcase often too…I think a bookcase that is well organized and orderly makes a room look instantly cleaner! But yes, I love books, and for recreational reading that also teaches me things about the Lord, my favorite authors are Jane Kirkpatrick and Michael Phillips. These are both Christian historical fiction writers, with very little fluf to them, which I do not like.

    Just thought I’d share, it’s been a while since I commented on your blog!

    Leanne in Longview WA

  9. I totally clicked on your bookshelf picture. What a nice collection! I am most definitely a bibliophile, myself. Christ in the Camp looks really good to me. Blessings!

  10. Of COURSE I enlarged it!

    Yep, we have many in common, but I love, love, love the old library books you have there. Those give me happy thoughts!

    Hey. One question. What can you tell me about “American Jezebel”? I had it, couldn’t remember why I had it, so after skimming it, I got rid of it, not sure it was something I wanted on my shelves. But YOU have it, too…Why?


  11. Kim~ I thought, WOW she posted on the same link! Thn I saw you saw it on mine too! How funny! i thought it was a great article!

    BTW, thanks for the link!

  12. I thought everyone did that! That’s why I like http://www.librarything.com, so people can see what I’ve been reading and I can see what they’ve been reading.

    Don’t own, but have read several of the books on your shelf. 🙂

  13. Tully Family says:

    Guilty! And I have a few of the same- yeah!
    – Heather

  14. How about the titles that I WANT that are on your shelves?

    Any bonus points? 😉

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