I love reading, but I have limited time for it.
Many of you know what I mean. It’s hard to curl up with a good book when there are dishes to wash, laundry to do, meals to prepare, bills to pay… not to mention keep a day job. Life is busy – bordering on hectic. And I don’t even have kids!
As a result, I have increasingly turned to the medium of audio for my learning and studying needs. It’s hands-free, so I can do menial tasks concurrently and not have to worry about flipping pages with wet or greasy hands, or cutting myself with a knife as I’m staring at the text while slicing potatoes for dinner (yes, this is the voice of experience). Not only that, but I can listen to audio safely while driving – a great thing for someone whose trip to and from work recently grew by 30 minutes a day!
Earlier this week I bought the ESV Bible on CD. I listened to the first 17 chapters of Deuteronomy on a car ride and it worked beautifully. This got me thinking about what other literature I could get my hands on in MP3 format. I did a quick search for MP3 books, and my query was answered vastly beyond my expectations.
So far I’ve just explored one of the links from the results: “Books Should Be Free“. It has audio versions of a great many public domain works, all organized by genre. I clicked on “Religion“, and as we speak I’m already downloading the following:
– Martin Luther’s Galatians Commentary
– Martin Luther’s Smallcald Articles
– Clement of Rome’s First Epistle to the Corinthians
– The Didache
– The Epistles of Ignatius of Antioch
– Polycarp’s Epistle to the Philippians
– Iranaeus’ Against Heresies
And that’s just at first blush. There’s tons more great stuff where that came from!
Seriously, folks, when technology affords you the chance to learn on-the-go, it’s worth taking advantage of. Got a long car ride to work? Put some of this on an iPod or burn some CDs for your car’s stereo and go. Gotta fold some laundry? Let the computer’s speakers keep you company. One way or another, even if you don’t have time to open a book and read, I’m willing to bet there’s at least an hour or two on most days where you could have someone else read to you.
Just a suggestion from your friendly neighborhood blogger:
With the holidays coming up, some of you will be in for some long trips (whether by car, plane, or what have you). Plan ahead. Download some of this fantastic Christian literature and put it on something portable (iPod, MP3 player, CDs). Listen to it on the trip. Not only will you get there “faster”, but you’ll be more learned for it.
And to those of you thinking this doesn’t apply because you’ll be staying home, think again. If you’re staying home for the holidays, that means you’ve got baking to do, right? And perhaps house cleaning in preparation for guests, as well? Not to mention decorating. Listen to some good solid theology while you put the finishing touches on that pecan pie.
Something to think about: we spend so much time at Thanksgiving in particular basking in God’s gift of good food. This is important, no doubt about it. But how many of us would also acknowledge, and more, take advantage of, God’s gift of His Word? This season, I for one plan to enjoy God’s gift of solid teachers of the Word, and the works that they have left us for our edification.
After all… man does not live on turkey and stuffing alone.