Monday, December 7, 2009


I visited a Christian bookstore today. The word 'megastore' is probably appropriate. In fact, I was overwhelmed by the amount of material there. My mind was boggled with the thought of taking even a thousandth of the information there into its recesses. And then actually putting it into practice?

I had fun choosing lots of Christmas books for preschoolers, so that they can be the presents at our playgroup Christmas party. There were some fantastic books that really appeal to kids.

Tonight I am pondering the time, energy, resources (read money) that goes into producing books, CDs, DVDs, gifts, etc. There is no end to the writing of books, but in the end, are they all meaningful, just because they are 'Christian' books? Do they distract us from the real things that matter? Are people writing books to glorify God or themselves? Are there lots of people out there who just like to drive an agenda (the new Holden Agenda, a great car for pastors)?

Don't misunderstand me, I have read some great books and been encouraged immensely by some of them. Some people have deep insights and wisdom from God to share. But how do we sift through and find it when there is such a forest around the important trees?

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