One of the latest memes I’ve seen going around is about the 10 books that have most influenced you. I haven’t posted mine, but this really got me thinking.
Several books came to mind instantly. All of them were Christian; some popular, some academic.
As I read through the list of several friends, I saw many non-religious books listed. I began to wonder if I was stuck in some sort of Christian reading ghetto. I wondered if, perhaps, I should read only secular, non-Christian (not specifically Christian themes or topics) for a couple of months.
I mentioned this to Rachel, and she thought I was overreacting. She mentioned a couple of books I’d read recently that aren’t specifically religious. She reminded me that there were a couple of years that I tended to read management/marketing books because of a perceived lack of value among pop-Christian publications.
Last night I finished Elaine Heath’s masterful The Mystic Way of Evangelism. I awoke this morning to the realization that less than of the 9 books I’ve read this year are specifically Christian or exclusively ministry related.
Do you read in a “ghetto,” or do you read broadly, across different areas of interest?