Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech at Dartmouth College, June 14, 1953
I am always surprised when I hear people say they refuse to read a book because of it's politics, religious views, the language used, or some reason other than it's just not an interesting book. Now, I have put a book down because I was bored with it, or it was a subject I'm not interested in, or for just bad writing but to put it down because I don't agree with the author is not something I would do. We are never challenged if we only read things we agree with.
Reading a book I don't agree with doesn't make me "one of them" but may help me understand where they are coming from.
Now, after saying all that, I will say there are some types of books I don't like, but not because of their views, I just don't like those types of books. I don't like scary books at all. I used to read only self help books, now I seldom read self help books. I like political books that talk about the lives of the politicians, I don't like books that are about politics.
I will also add here that reading "books" and not reading the Bible is a dangerous habit. I would like to say that for every hour I read a book, I spend the same amount of time reading the Bible. But I fall short on this. - However, it is a good rule of thumb.
I like reading for fun and entertainment right now. - I say right now, because I have a tendency to switch from one genre to another.
Tell me about your reading habits. What do you like to read? Leave a comment and let me know what you're reading, and if you agree or disagree with Eisenhower.