- On Disciplined Reading
- What Should I Read? Choosing from a Vast Array of Options
- How Should I Read? Tips on Getting the Most from Your Reading
- Why Should I Read? Other Advantages of Reading
- Questions, Answers, and Concluding Thoughts
On “what” to read, he offers these principles:
- Guard your time in the Scriptures.
- Avoid limiting yourself by era, tribe, or category.
- Reading the great authors is more helpful than reading a great number of books.
- Make a list of categories and read a selected number of books each year, in each category.
- Read a few select journals and magazines
On “how” to read, he offers these tips:
- If you would like to become a disciplined reader, you probably need to make a plan.
- Figure out your “reading style.”
- Always carry a book.
- If possible, drink and read at the same time.
On “why” to read, and suggests that reading does the following:
- sharpens the mind
- exercises the mind
- gives one something about which to converse
- allows one to “travel” to other times and places
- reduces stress
- provides an inexpensive and low maintenance form of entertainmen
In the final post, he answers questions he’s been asked throughout the series, on:
- How to find books to read
- How to find time to read
- How to choose between print and electronic media
- How to keep discipline from being drudgery
- How to retain and organize what is learned from a book