It’s happening to me and I didn’t want it to. I’m like Dr. Bruce Banner, powerless to halt the transformation into a creature that he doesn’t enjoy. I’ve watched it happened to others and stood them down defiantly as I proclaimed myself a purist, refusing to compromise and sell out to their ranks. Yet recent changes in my schedule have forced me into a place that I never thought to arrive. Yes, it’s occurring right before my very eyes:
I’m transitioning from a love for the printed page to a fondness for electronic books.
Because I can’t shuttle my library back and forth between my office and my home, I’m relying more than ever upon downloaded volumes. I didn’t tell anyone when, a few months ago, I began to use my iPad to read books – I kind of felt like a traitor and had several High Definition nightmares of Gutenberg crushing me in his earliest press. In spite of the horror now, in that Apple-flavored little piece of technology called an iPad, I carry a library that would snap the spine of Bruce Banner’s Hulk if he dared to carry it in his bulging green backpack. Now, since I’m at home six full days a week helping to care for Amy, I have so soiled my integrity by crossing another line. You see, I bought a Kindle and am in the process of downloading commentaries and study aids for sermon preparation. My library down at the church office stands silent and untouched like an abandoned lover in a moth-eaten house dress. I’m now frolicking with a new flame and I can tell you that my heart is growing comfortable touching a screen rather than turning a page when seeking a good read. MacArthur, Piper, Swindoll, Luther, Calvin, Hughes and others are now tucked safely under my arm wherever I go and I feel no shame. And my appetite will not soon go unsatisfied because there are close to a million volumes more that I can browse. I’m an electronic bibliophile and I’m coming out of my closet, kicking the door off its hinges!
So, here’s my question to you today: What book (beside the Bible) has impacted you greatly and why? Maybe you are reading it now or maybe its a classic you read in years past. Ours is a generation that is anemic when it comes to soul-enriching reading so your answer might help another visitor to the TT blog be bettered in his or her faith. Give us your recommendation.
PS – anyone else out there migrating to E-reading?
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