Books and Reading

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th-century American essayist)

Many bookstores are closing because of declining sales. Information of all kinds is available online, so why buy a book? Yet, authors still write, and publishers continue to make their material available in hard copy. Emerson didn’t know about the Internet, but he would no doubt still encourage us to follow the works of intelligent authors, whatever the venue.

(The Apostle Paul in prison nearing death): “. . . Also bring my books, and especially my papers (2 Timothy 4:13)