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When Books Are More Than Just Books (part 1)

Warming your heart and mind in your library

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This is part one of a two-part series.

I love my library (a.k.a. my study, or office). My wallpaper is 2,000 books, most of them chosen one at a time. The other wall space is filled with framed calligraphy and pictures of country churches, harking back to my heritage. There's my $1 Rembrandt—a drawing of Jesus teaching—my ordination certificate, and a clock from the wood of a weathered snow fence with the chiseled words, "Things Take Time."

When someone who is not a book lover comes into my library for the first time, they often say, "Have you read all these books?" Of course I haven't. A true book lover wouldn't ask such a question. I think there's a law somewhere that you're supposed to have more books than you have read—sort of like Joseph storing up grain for seven lean years. I have computer software packing scores of books on a CD-Rom, but those aren't really books, of course. They're digital information and I have no particular affection for them even when I use them. ...

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CLAUDIO LOPES

January 06, 2014  10:13pm

What a relief! I used to feel guilty when some people asked me if I had read "all those books" in what I consider my small library. I used to answer them like the men of David coming from killing Absalom. Reading your article, I could understood myself and be sure that my reply was right. I got books first, because I love a good book, second because though I have not read all of them, they are like a cold medication on my shelf, I will need them sometime ahead, third, I love books and buy them because I respect a lot and admire greatly those whom write them. Should just one phrase in a book blesses me, I buy it. It is tribute to the author and a way of saying - Thank you so much, you helped me to grow a little bit more!

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Rev. Tommy Davis

June 21, 2007  12:36pm

I enjoyed the article. I have hundreds of books in my library. My office and library is my finished basement where I do all of my studies. Even during college, my professors were impressed at the volume of books that I had on hand and my knowledge of the subjects. I have some digital stuff too but I like the paper text. Deputy Chief Chaplain Tommy Davis Chaplain Fellowship Crisis Ministries 105 Farleigh Ave. Rochester NY 14606

Rev. Tommy Davis

June 21, 2007  12:35pm

I enjoyed the article. I have hundreds of books in my library. My office and library is my finished basement where I do all of my studies. Even during college, my professors were impressed at the volume of books that I had on hand and my knowledge of the subjects. I have some digital stuff too but I like the paper text. Deputy Chief Chaplain Tommy Davis Chaplain Fellowship Crisis Ministries 105 Farleigh Ave. Rochester NY 14606

Rev. Daniel Rial

March 28, 2007  9:48pm

One can never have enough books. There are the ones that brought you up and led you to an exchanged life with Christ. There are those who helped you in another's struggle. There are those (like Barth's Dogmatics) which one swims in for awhile realizing the depths of these great writers' souls. Then there are those which are new, and help us connect with a new generation. I couldn't agree more. The books God uses, besides His book, are precious indeed.

Donald McLean

March 26, 2007  9:17am

Thanks! Great article. I couldn't agree more about digitial books. They're just not the same.

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