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August 25, 2014

Reading

Filed under: Uncategorized — garysnotes @ 9:44 pm

“Why does today’s Christian find the reading of great books always beyond him? Certainly intellectual powers do not wane from one generation to another. We are as smart as our fathers, and any thought they could entertain we can entertain if we are sufficiently interested to make the effort. The major cause of the decline in the quality of current Christian literature is not intellectual but spiritual. To enjoy a great religious book requires a degree of consecration to God and detachment from the world that few modern Christians have. The early Christian Fathers, the Mystics, the Puritans, are not hard to understand, but they inhabit the highlands where the air is crisp and rarefied, and none but the God-enamored can come…..One reason why people are unable to understand great Christian classics is that they are trying to understand without any intention of obeying them.”

From “The Size of the Soul: Principles of Revival and Spiritual Growth”
By A.W. Tozer, Harry Verploegh

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