If there is one thing I’m good at, it’s forgetting. Your name… What I did on the weekend… The experiences of last year… Gone, every one!
I used to read Christian books and forget them. In one sense, that’s no big deal: we all forget, and it doesn’t mean we haven’t learned anything. But I also wasn’t absorbing what I read: crystallizing the key points, tasting the sweet, going away informed and transformed. That takes a different kind of reading.
Over the years I developed a method of reading that helped me to remember what I read. I thought this was idiosyncratic, something that would work only for me, until I read Tony Reinke’s Lit. To my surprise, a number of “my” techniques jumped of the page. If they’re good enough for Reinke, they’re good enough for me, and they might work for you too.
So here they are: 11 ways to read a Christian book, absorb it, and remember what you have read (if you are an e-book reader, adapt them for the screen, you can highlight and make notes there too. Read more…