One of my classes at my church has ongoing book discussions.. We pick books and read them together. We've tried theology, biography, and even a little theology humor. I sometimes fear that I'm heaping unnecessary burdens on people by asking them to participate in a book discussion (even though it's optional). "Shouldn't I just focus on Bible reading?" I wonder. "Do we really have time?" I ask myself. But alas! Historical vindication! While reading Richard Baxter's The Reformed Pastor (a thoroughly timely book and worthy of other posts) I discovered this little gem:
See that in every family there are some useful moving books, beside the Bible. If they have none, persuade them to buy some: if they be not able to buy them, give them some if you can. If you are not able yourself, get some gentlemen, or other rich persons, that are ready to good works, to do it. And engage them to read them at night, when they have leisure, and especially on the Lord’s day (p. 30).
I'm in good company when it comes to buying books and reading together.