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  1. We've discussed Alan Jacobs here and here, among other places. His 150-page discussion of why we should read is a grand book in a small package. He brings up Lewis and Tolkein, but his book isn't overtly theological. On the last page he mentions that he considers the book "an exercise in lived theology," but the book ends two lines later, with no elaboration on the term. Jacobs stands against canons and lists of what one should read. He advocates reading by whim (read the book to learn more),while gently encouraging people to go deeper than Harry Potter and Stephen King. He also strongly advocates for the Kindle -- a surprise to me, although a stimulating, refreshing one. The book is also a companion of sorts to Nicholas Carr's book The Shallows, which Jacobs quotes from extensively in addressing the same issues (distractions, per the title) I came away from the book feeling uplifted, and only slightly, and momentarily, rebuked along the way.
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