As Douglas Groothuis‘Â newly released 752 page caseboundÂ Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for the Biblical FaithÂ (IVP. 2011) spilled out of the box onto the counter in front of my four girls, I felt the press of two book reviews, a stack of material to read for three seminary classes, and variousÂ responsibilities at home, church and work. How did I respond?
Thankfully, earlier in the day I had read Hannah’s ESN blog postÂ What I Wish Iâ€™d Known About Graduate School: Surviving the WorkloadÂ (8/23/2011), in which she writes:
I found it depressing to realize this, butÂ graduate school in the humanities is probably going to entail some skimming. Itâ€™s crucial to decide on a few central priorities for a semester and focus on them. Itâ€™s still important to work hard in courses that arenâ€™t central to your interests, but you probably will have to skim some readings.
AND Kevin’s ESN FB Wall comment/recommendation, “There is a great book by Mortimer Adler called ‘How to Read a Book‘– it provides guidance for both effective skimming and deep reading. All grad students should read it BEFORE starting grad school.” Note: Google Books preview available here.
Yes, deep down, I feel anÂ uneasinessÂ about not picking up a good book when it sits in front of me AND furthermore, the pangs of guilt when intentionally skimming a good book. As time, energy, finances, blog attention spans are limited,Â “Why should I (and you) bother withÂ Groothuis‘Â Christian ApologeticsÂ (IVP. 2011)?” [Read more…] about To skim or not to skim: A ‘case’ study of “Christian Apologetics”