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The Joy of Reading

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Despite what the category totals indicate when you ring off at the end of the day (or the week, the month, or the year) we still call them Christian bookstores. While product diversification may be necessary for sustainability, I would argue that we still need to advance the cause of reading among our staff and customers. If we fail to do that, we’ve lost our distinctiveness and we’ll lose our motivation. To that end, I posted this to our store’s Facebook account.

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. —Katherine Patterson

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. —Richard Steele

Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Then when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team. —Karen Witemeyer

A house without books is like a room without windows. – Heinrich Mann

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. – Edward P. Morgan

A book is a gift you can open again and again. —Garrison Keillor

Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a dangerous enemy indeed. – Anne Rice

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures. – Jessamyn West

and finally…

I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. – Groucho Marx

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