Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Prayer for Book Reading

Lord, please don't leave me alone when I'm reading today, whether it be books or newspapers or magazines.

Guide me to choose the right books, and having chosen them, help me to read them in the right way.

When I read for profit, grant that all I read will draw me closer to you. When I read for fun, grant that what I read will not lead me away from you.

Let all my reading so refresh my mind that I will all the more eagerly seek after that which is pure and beautiful and true.

--a paraphrase of John Baillie in his A Diary of Private Prayer (Twenty-first Day, Morning)

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