It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones.
Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books.
My husband loves old books. He talks about dead old guys as some of his favorite people...friends that have influenced and encouraged him in thinking, in parenting, in walking with God. I don't know about you, but I have a hard time making time to read, and when I do, I'm reading something current and immediately relatable. But I'm finding great value in what Mr. Lewis says here and what Troy has been telling me for years: There is treasure to be found in reading old books.
(And in case you missed it, I'm starting a new book study here on Wednesdays, starting January 30! Please get a copy of Because He Loves Me and join us!)
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