The saddest words I have ever read

The saddest words I have ever read are found in Ecclesiastes ch. 12, “To the making of books there is no end, and too much reading is a weariness of the flesh.” But then I realise that this is also good news: books won’t end, therefore they’re eternal. There will be books in heaven. The reading life does not end! (John Piper) And the good news is: in heaven there will be no weariness of the flesh because we will be reading with our glorified bodies, glorified eyes, and glorified minds. I’m looking forward to heaven!

Interestingly, many of the books in heaven will be law books and biographies. According to Revelation many of the books there will be filled with accounts of everything people have done, and according to their deeds they will be judged, which means I think that these books will also cite the laws which people have either kept or broken. I’ll be reading about your lives and your deeds, and you’ll be reading about my life and my deeds! Now that is frightening.

Maybe that’s the reason why the Bible says that at the last day there will be tears in our eyes – because all the things that we’ve done will be uncovered and publicly revealed. But these tears of shame and sorrow for all the sins we’ve committed God will wipe away – all of them. In the presence of all creatures, angelic or otherwise, he will confirm the fact that we are justified from all things, cleansed from every sin, by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

But I digress. Going back to books and reading, even in heaven, Virginia Woolf once wrote, St Peter who stands watch at Heaven’s gate will say, upon seeing people coming in, carrying their books with them – he will say with a note of envy in his voice, “Look, we have nothing to give them here. They have loved books.”

Heaven is a library where reading will never end.

Books Read in 2018

Happy New Year everyone! Every end of the year for a number of years now I post a list of the books I’ve finished reading in that year. I’m sorry I don’t have time to also put in the corresponding links to Amazon but you can always look these books up yourself. So here they are.

January

  • Sepallo’s THE HAPPINESS TRACK. A self-help book on “How to apply the science of happiness to accelerate your success.” Imagine that! Happiness is a science now. Continue reading “Books Read in 2018”

Books Read in 2017

  1. Reinke’s NEWTON ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
  2. R. Holiday’s THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY
  3. Jacob’s A THEOLOGY OF READING
  4. Dreher’s THE BENEDICT OPTION
  5. Dreher’s HOW DANTE CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
  6. Homer’s ODYSSEY (Fagles’ translation)
  7. Nimmo’s BARTH
  8. Christensen’s HOW WILL YOU MEASURE YOUR LIFE?
  9. MAMMOTH BOOK OF WORLD’S GREATEST CHESS GAMES
  10. John Flavel’s SAINT INDEED (in Works, vol. 5)
  11. Augustine’s CITY OF GOD (Bettleson’s translation)
  12. Sam Storms’ PACKER ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
  13. E. Smith’s THE POWER OF MEANING
  14. N.T. Wright’s SURPRISED BY HOPE

The Gift of Books

The Gift of Books

So thankful for the gifts I received this Christmas!

1. Peter Brown’s Augustine of Hippo
2. Diarmaid McCulloch’s Reformation
3. N.T. Wright’s The New Testament for Everyone (18 volumes)

What came to mind as I write this is the verse which says, “To him who has more shall be given!” It seems I’ll have to add to my reading projects list for 2014.

P.S.

Nos. 1 & 2 were given to me by my sister-in-law and her husband together with a brand new Surface 2!. The N.T. Wright commentaries were given by a former classmate in college who now has 4 master’s degrees as well as a PhD! Thank you so much!