What books mean to me: Knowledge
I like to read and I have some books. I think I have said that before. The thing is the books I buy are supposed to be a reflection of the knowledge I desire at that point in time. The books that eventually get read are a reflection of the knowledge I acquire. There are exceptions though. You may see a book on amazon.com or bookstagram or boookdepository.com or any of those book-reviewing sites and decide that it is an area you want to exploit. For me, that can be tricky. I am learning how to enter a bookstore whether real or virtual with a goal in mind. I need to have a particular book or topic I want to read about lest I find myself ‘just buying’. There is this thing about books. I like to read them, I like to feel them and I like see them. Yes, literally see them around me, I’ll make a space for them anyhow. My love for books! However I don’t consider myself a bibliophile. Not there yet.
What was saying again? I was saying that my desire for knowledge comes (preferably) before seeking to buy a book for that purpose. Or the other way round. Whichever it is, there is a journey between buying a book and getting the knowledge that the book has to offer. It’s called reading the book. I shouldn’t get started on how many books are acquired (bought or gifted) that never get to be read. Reading a book depends on how much you really need the knowledge. Which brings me to my story for this article.
Inspired to Enquire
So I was doing some soul-searching recently and I decided that I really needed to be sure of what I knew about my Saviour Jesus Christ. I don’t do biblical arguments but sometimes you can not escape it. You get cornered. I could not escape it when I recently met a new friend who was from a particular denomination that is popularly known for door to door witnessing. Yes, she is now my friend, I don’t judge and she is a nice person to me.
What this led me to do is to go in search of materials that will explain properly what I already have an idea of. Though the subject that day was whether hell is real or not, what I desired was to look deeply into the scriptures to get a better and deeper understanding of my Lord and Saviour. I have to say that I have no doubt that hell is real. I don’t desire to explain it or defend it to anyone. So I took that encounter and turned it into a knowledge seeking mission. The first books I got were ‘23 minutes in hell’ and ‘HELL’ by Bill Wiese. I may share what I learnt from the books some other time. I simply wanted to know more. Proverbs 4:7 says ” Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. (NKJV)
After that it has been quite the experience seeking knowledge and reading books written by people who have spent so much time in the Word and all the other things authors do to come up with substance in their books. I still read my Bible but I have also found some good material online. These days, I mostly look to my favorite ( newly found) author Pastor John Piper on DesiringGod.org. I think I have at least 30 of his books in electronic copy. If you are looking for deep, saturated and overwhelming, I recommend his books.
‘Seeing and Savouring Jesus Christ’ is a book that burst the bubbles of my self-absorbed world. I read this book standing 90% of the time. I am going to read this book over and over again. And you should read it too. It’s just as the title implies. I would have offered my ‘lessons learnt’ but I fear that I will water down the book. It will be selfish of me to not share a good thing. The book is available for download on their website free of charge and I believe it will be worth your data and time.
As I continue in my quest for knowledge, I will share with you all whatever goodness I find. That’s it for now. Till the next one, stay blessed.
Let Love win.
PS: This is a recent article, about a week old.