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Devotional Reading

“Now the layman or amateur needs to be instructed as well as to be exhorted. In this age his need for knowledge is particularly pressing…. For my own part I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await many others. I believe that many who find that “nothing happens” when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book o devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology with a pipe in their teeth and a pencil in their hand.” — C. S. Lewis

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • Anonymous

    Amen to that!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10372364893458254021 bernadette

    “My people perish for want of knowledge. Since you yourself have rejected knowledge, so I shall reject you from my priesthood; since you have forgotten the teaching of your God, I, in my turn shall forget your children.”HOSEA 4:6Spot on, Father.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17691145638703824456 kkollwitz

    “I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books”This is so true of my experience….happy to know I am not alone in this.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07007618921884871637 jim thompson

    this is absolute thievery and apostasy!actually, quite lovely :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12373317560249811006 Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    you steal from C.S.Lewis. I’ll steal from you…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07007618921884871637 jim thompson

    ok, fair trade.

  • Anonymous

    Can you recommend some of these ‘doctrinal’ books referenced by Mr. Lewis, or others of your own preference for those of us looking for a new direction in recreational reading?Casey

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