“Books have formed the soul of me,” writes Karen Swallow Prior in Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me. “I know that spiritual formation is of God, but I also know—mainly because I learned it from books—that there are other kinds of formation, too, everyday gifts, and that God uses the things of this earth to teach us and shape us, and to help us find truth.”
From profound biblical commentaries to fantasy novels set in imagined worlds, books hone, refine, and even transform our thinking. They call us to greater compassion as we read about the plights of others, and they encourage us toward deeper love as we read stories of sacrifice and steadfastness.
Choosing a book should not be an unthinking act. Rather, we have the joy of setting out with intention, aware that we are making decisions about our own formation and that of those we love.
May we give ourselves and those we celebrate the gift of reading widely and thoughtfully, so that we may be further formed in every godly way.