“Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Ecclesiastes 12:12b
The words of the Teacher of Ecclesiastes are surely true. Just glancing at my library of books makes me echo the same statement. It seems there is a never ending barrage of books coming forth from publishers. Frankly, it’s exhausting at times to keep up with writings, let alone the best writings. A recent endeavor called Books at a Glance is helping to take the exhaustion out of keeping up with the latest and greatest of Christian books.
The thing is, the maxim, “leaders are readers” is most assuredly true. We Christians need to stay abreast of the latest and greatest scholarship in biblical, theological, and historical studies. Frankly, there is little excuse for the Christian who wants to grow in the faith to not spend time growing through the richness of the studies that godly men and women are producing. Yet, where is the time? How can I keep abreast of all of the wonderful material being made available?
That is where Books at a Glance comes in. Through author interviews, book reviews, and especially book summaries, you will stay abreast of all of the best that Christian literature has to offer. And now, with their partnership with Westminster Bookstore (detailed here) you will be able to receive excellent prices on the exceptional books that Books at a Glance are offering.
There are free elements to the service they provide, but the biggest advantage is a paid membership that provides the incredibly helpful book summaries. We’ve all been down the road where we purchased a book that turned out to not be what we expected. Here, Books at a Glance will provide good summaries of the books so you can understand the book, and yet decide whether you’d like to go further and purchase and read the book. Book reviews provide more brief looks into books with recommendations on reading, and author interviews give helpful additional information to makes reading their books all the more edifying.
Recent reviews include Learning to Dream Again: Rediscovering the Heart of God, A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness Through Abiding in Christ, Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those who Suffer from Depression, and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist. Let these be a taste for you of what you can glean, but get on their 30 day program and get a free book summary, and consider growing in your understanding of excellent Christian material available by purchasing a premium membership. I believe you will not regret it, and will only be thankful for it!