In a recent Breakpoint commentary, John Stonestreet pointed out that “According to the Pew Research Center, only three in four American adults ages 18 and older claim to have read at least one book in the past year, which means 25 percent haven’t; 28 percent say they read an ebook, while half listened to an audio book.

“You add it all up and the fact is, we’re losing the habit of reading. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Americans aged 20 to 54 spend only 11 minutes a day reading for leisure, not including computer use.”

As an avowed book guy, that distresses me greatly. Reading opens us to new places and new insights that we might otherwise never see. For the Christian, books allow us to travel with classic writers—from Augustine to C.S. Lewis—as well as our contemporaries in ministry.

Good books can be an extension of your preaching and teaching ministry, pointing people to the mines where they will dig out additional gems of truth. Why not encourage our church families to dig into worthwhile books by offering regular suggestions about titles that will be worth their time and effort?

Michael Duduit
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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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