Being Discerning When Reading

I am a professed book worm. I have a very long list of books that I would like to read. This list would be much longer if I took every suggestion I come across for books to read. I don’t do this though, because as a Christian woman is very important to me to be discerning in what I choose to read. Some things I may find offensive, other things are just not my cup of tea, and still others are of a subject matter that the Lord has led me to know that I should not be reading. Over the years I have become more discerning and will probably do so more and more as I grow as a Christian.

Do yourself just read what ever the popular crowd is reading or do you pick and choose? How do you make these decisions? Do you make them based on your lifestyle and what you believe is true and right, or do you choose just according to what looks good?

One thing that I require in books that I read is that they make me stop and think, or they teach me something new. I don’t like to waste my time on books that one might read just to be reading. The time I get to spend reading is precious and I looked at it as such. The book lists that I now have has been revised twice already to get rid of books that would be a waste of my time to read. Now do not get me wrong I would not go and look at someone else’s list and say they were wasting their time in what they have chosen to read. Each person has to make those choices for themselves, hopefully with the Lord’s leading.