Read Slow

 

An Encouragement to Read Books in a Day of Anxious Headlines
 

I realize the irony of a bookstore prescribing reading during these chaotic times. It’s a bit like a soap salesman recommending frequent hand washing. And yet there is a unique value in Book-Reading during a season when we’re bombarded with thousands of anxiety-producing, 5-second headlines. Newsfeed-Reading is designed to speed you up; it keeps you scrolling from one urgent breaking story to the next. Book-Reading slows you down; it pulls you away from your own racing thoughts about the here and now.

And before you accuse me of advocating escapism, let me take it a step further and say that it matters what books you read. While escapism ignores, meditation, in contrast, orients. Indeed, meditation is more than a helpful suggestion, it is a command for God’s people (Philippians 4:8). Books that expound on the wonderful works of God are perhaps the single greatest tool we have for orienting us towards our creator. 

In light of these unprecedented times, we, as a bookstore, would like to do something a bit different in this newsletter. We’ve collected 15 of our favorite chapters that help us slow down and understand ourselves and our God in the midst of scary and uncertain times. These readings are available to download for free. We pray they will be a comfort to you and those you care for. Please read, share and be encouraged.

Josiah Pettit, Director, wtsbooks.com

Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament
Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament

Vroegop, Mark; Tada, Joni Eareckson (foreword)

$8.00 50% OFF

Everyday Prayer with John Calvin
Everyday Prayer with John Calvin

McKim, Donald K

$10.39 35% OFF

God's Grace in Your Suffering
God's Grace in Your Suffering

Powlison, David

$6.00 50% OFF

In the Presence of My Enemies: Psalms 25-37
In the Presence of My Enemies: Psalms 25-37

Davis, Dale Ralph

$9.74 35% OFF

Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans
Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans

Elmer, Robert (editor)

$12.00 50% OFF

Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle
Pray Big: Learn to Pray Like an Apostle

Begg, Alistair

$12.74 15% OFF

Untangling Emotions
Untangling Emotions

Groves, J. Alasdair; Smith, Winston T.

$8.50 50% OFF

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

Keller, Timothy

$22.00 18% OFF