Reading Notes

Lectio: read.
Oratio: pray.
Meditatio: mull and chew and ruminate.
Contemplatio: let it work its way into the sinews of our being so that we live it out.

Proverbs 13:20 ESV
"Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm."

John Newton (1725-1807)
"I know no author who is worthy the honour of being followed absolutely and without reserve."

Samuel Davies (1723-1761)
"The venerable dead are waiting in my library to entertain me and relieve me from the nonsense of surviving mortals."

Erasmus (c1466-1536)
"When I get a little money I buy books: and if any is left I buy food and clothes."

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."

R. Kent Hughes (Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 78)
"Men, to deny ourselves the wealth of the accumulated saints of the centuries is to consciously embrace spiritual anorexia."

C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
"He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains proves he has no brains of his own."

J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)
"[T]here can be no really powerful preaching without deep thinking, and little deep thinking without hard reading."


  • Extended Memorization of Scripture
  • Matthew Henry's Method for Prayer
  • M'Cheyne's Calendar for Daily Bible Reading
  • Bible Reading Chart (R. Decker)
  • The Psalter in One Month
  • Greek NT in One Year (L. Irons)
  • Reading Plan of Calvin’s Institutes (Battles translation)
  • Dever's Canon of Theologians
  • Greet the Puritans
  • Great Classical Music for Studying

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