Measuring the Value of a Book

Puritan Richard Baxter offers a few simple questions to guide us in evaluating the value of any book:

While reading ask oneself:

  1. Could I spend this time any better?
  2. Are there better books that would edify me more?
  3. Are the lovers of this book the greatest lovers of the Book of God – the Bible – and of a holy life?
  4. Does this book increase my love for the Word of God, kill my sin, and prepare me for the life to come?

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