Reading The Bible

How to Read the Books You Already Own

We all have them, unread books. They’re in our office. They’re in our kitchen. They’re in our bedroom. The question is not, “do I want to read this?” The question is, “do I have time to read this?” Time is one of the main parts of life. It helps us remember to do things that matter and will continue on even we are gone. Like life we always have those books that we have never read, but somewhere somehow we went out and bought that book because we wanted to hear what that author had to say. We have other because someone gave them to us. Unless we are huge readers, we may never take the time to enjoy them. That is one of the reasons books are there, to be enjoyed. God wants us to enjoy books just like we enjoy everything else in life. Here are some tips on how to read more books.

Read One Book at a Time

There they stood, about fifteen books that I owned but never read. I couldn’t just give them away, I was attached to them. I felt that I needed to understand the mysteries that were inside each page. Now there are some you do not want to read so sell them. I took every book that I never read or partially read and placed them all in my closet shelf. Now they were gone. They were not mixed in with everything else. Without me knowing it I had shifted my focus from fifteen books to one. I was able to finish reading, one book at a time. Put all of your books you have not read out of the way. Doing this unclutters your mind and keeps you focused.

Buy a Kindle

Technology is great! Use it. There is no way to bring all of your library with you on a trip. You only have so much room in your suitcase and only so much time. With having a Kindle or a portable reading device, you can bring any book you own with you. Now this takes money, but many books can be cheaper on Kindle rather than the physical copy.

Listen to Audiobooks on Your Way to Work

We drive almost everywhere we go. This means we have time to listen to music, talk radio, and yes audiobooks. Here is a list of four websites that offer one free audiobook when you sign up. If you don’t like the website just cancel and you won’t be charged anything.


For an average book, it takes about eight hours to read. Think about that for a moment, I will drive about an hour and a half to school every week plus the ride home. That means I can finish reading a book in three trips. That is nothing compared to the years some people take in reading a small book. Some people just don’t like to read. If you have trouble to read, understand that there are other avenues around this. You can learn things from lectures and sermons just as well as from a book. Use audiobooks to your advantage.

These are just some simple tips that will help you. The Bible is a book, and I use audiobooks for the Bible. It will take about thirty minutes to read a book of the Bible. We can use this as a tool is our arsenal. Learning is one thing we can never stop doing. We must continue to pursue our education and books have a big impact on that.

“A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,” (Proverbs 1:5).


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