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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Reading for Spiritual Health

By Ken Horn
June 2, 2013

Is the day of the book dead? Some would lead you to believe so, but I believe it is far from it. Yes, more people are turning to electronic books. Print runs of books you can hold in your hands with paper pages you can turn may be declining. But reading seems to be up, which is the whole point, after all.

There is more available on the Christian front as well. But readers need to be discerning. As always, the offerings are uneven in quality.

Today, in our annual Summer Reads edition, we excerpt and review books we feel meet the quality test and should be of interest to our readers. The books vary — in genre, content and writing style. What they all have is value — content to enrich your life.

Not all books do that. People — Christians included — have an increasing appetite for valueless entertainment — like many of the dime-a-dozen reality shows that pollute the airways.

This feckless pursuit of inane, vapid, even damaging entertainment has rolled over into what people read. Point in fact, the immense mainstream popularity of the wantonly erotic Fifty Shades of Grey series, and other, more innocent, time wasters.

Surrounded by sound bites and other quick-and-easy entertainments, it is critical for people to fill their minds with things that are emotional, spiritual and intellectual assets, rather than simply mind-numbing.

Try applying the words of Philippians 4:8 to everything you subject your mind to: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things” (NKJV).

This leaves out a whole lot of things! Perhaps even most of the things many people do.

Having good reading readily available can also help people detox and refocus when they have, of necessity, been in proximity with unhealthy mind pollutants, such as on the job.

Christians are called upon by the Word of God to live up to a godly standard. Reading worthwhile spiritual material is one clear way to do that.

Ken Horn

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