I thought this was a great post on reading “meatier” books – http://philippians314.squarespace.com/journal/2012/7/2/know-what-youre-reading.html. I think too many Christian non-fiction books these days are light fare, meant to make people feel warm and fuzzy. Particularly books that are marketed to women. I think why there are not more meaty books targeted to women is that women are not at a place to be wanting these meatier tomes. They are satisfied with the lighter fare and don’t see a need to go deeper.
But we need to be growing, developing our mind, thinking with discernment, reading Scripture and balancing everything else in light of what the Bible says. The lighter fare is fine when we are young in our faith. But we need to move on from the “milk” and desire the “meat”. Theology is not just for men. Women need to be learning as well, finding out what they believe and why.
I have found lately that a lot of books that used to look interesting to me, now seem to be too light for where I am at in my Christian walk. I want the deeper reading, the challenge. My hope is to challenge other Christian women to want this as well, to grow in their faith and desire for “meat”.
“We have much to say about this [Jesus as high priest], but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”