The More Wood, the Bigger the Fire

The More Wood, the Bigger the Fire

People don’t really care how many books we’ve read. So it’s a waste of time to read kinds of books or numbers of books to impress others.

And it’s also a waste if we spend most of our reading time escaping into a fantasy. I don’t mean fantasy as a genre. I’ve seen glorious realities while sojourning in Middle Earth. I’m talking about literary fast food that tastes good but doesn’t nourish — the kind of stuff that leaves you spiritually sluggish.

Your reading time is precious. So read to see more of what’s real. Read to understand more of what’s true. Ransack books hunting for joy. Read to get glimpses of glory. Read to steer out of your perspective ruts. Read to stir your affections — to feel and feel deeply! Read to make your heart burn.

And you want to know how to burn hotter? Explore really good books with others. The more wood you add to a fire, the bigger and hotter the fire gets. Reading with others makes you linger over things longer. Others see things you miss. They may have insights and applications that ignite a new fire in you. And what you savor together increases and intensifies your joy. You burn hotter when you burn with others.

Pastors, small group leaders, Sunday School teachers, the books below are spiritual kindling. They are some of the best things I’ve ever read in my life. We’re making cases of them available at low costs so that you can give your people a priceless gift: a chance to make their hearts burn with love and longing for Jesus Christ. And since these books are winsome expositions of the very best, most stirring book ever written in the history of humanity, your readers will be directed right to the kindling of Christian Hedonism: the Bible.

God wrote a book. He clearly endorses reading. But don’t read vanity or for vanity. Read for deep, rich, robust and everlasting joy! And increase that joy by reading with others.

Jon Bloom (@Bloom_Jon) is the author of Not by Sight: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Walking by Faith and serves as the President of Desiring God, which he and John Piper launched together in 1994. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Pam, their five children, and one naughty dog.