If you’re a slow reader like I am, you may find this quote by Puritan Thomas Brooks extremely helpful (as I did):
Remember, it is not hasty reading—but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the bee’s touching of the flower, which gathers honey—but her abiding for a time upon the flower, which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most—but he who meditates most, who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.
– Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
(HT: Joe Thorn; In his blog, Thorn added these comments, which I also thought was very helpful:)
If you are feeling pressure to read, I would encourage you to consider:
1. You need to meditate on Scripture, so make that a priority.
2. You can’t read everything, so prioritize and choose a book or two that you will work on at whatever pace is good for you. You aren’t sanctified by the number of words you can read per minute. 🙂
3. You will always have a stack of books you need to read. You will never get ahead of it. So, relax. Enjoy what you’re in now, and get to the rest when God allows you to.