Writing Between the Lines

Recently, Pastor Campbell has posted some helpful insights about Bible reading. I came across the following passage in an old classic, How to Read a Book, by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren. What Adler & Doren say about reading books applies in an even greater way to our reading of the Bible:

It is an old saying that you have to “read between the lines” to get the most out of anything. . . . But we want to persuade you to “write between the lines,” too. Unless you do, you are not likely to do the most efficient kind of reading.

When you buy a book, you establish a property right in it, just as you do in clothes or furniture when you buy and pay for them. But the act of purchase is actually only the prelude to possession in the case of a book. Full ownership of a book only comes when you have made it a part of yourself, and the best way to make yourself a part of it–which comes to the same thing–is by writing in it. (48-49)

Do you want to make the Bible a part of yourself? Do you want your mind and the mind of God to be one and the same? Why not begin by making this resolution: to read your Bible with a pencil in hand, ready to respond in writing to what the Lord is teaching you.

What about you? Has anyone else found this to be a helpful way to read the Bible?

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