Christian Worldview

The Point: (Re)Learning to Read


John Stonestreet

So, what’s your page limit these days?

A page shouldn’t be a tough thing to turn, but for countless smart-phone owners, reading books—either in paper or digital form—has become really hard.

“Last year, I read four books,” admits Hugh McGuire in the San Francisco Chronicle. “I needed a little something else…Something to scratch that little itch at the back of my mind—just a quick look at e-mail on my iPhone; to write, and erase, a response to a funny tweet…”

You see, he’s describing the battle that we all face in this age of distraction. Constantly available electronic stimulus in various forms is rewiring our brains—it’s making it difficult for us to read, and to think, deeply.

But here’s the good news: electronic detox is possible. McGuire went on to describe how banishing mobile devices just from his bedroom offered him the mind space he needed to settle back into books. To really love God with all our minds, and to deeply engage His book—and any others that are worthy of our attention—may mean that we do likewise.


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