8 Favorite Quotes From the Book “You Must Change Your Life” by Thomas J. Millay

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Did you enjoy this year’s unique event, Aklatan 2020, a virtual book fair of local books. Lots of Filipino publisher are having a sale. I’m done with my book shopping. If you want to score discounted books, this is the last day (August 18) to get something. Head over to this Shopee link.

Anyways, enjoy these quotes from the book, You Must Change Your Life by Thomas J. Millay published by Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock. If you like these quotes, please get the book by clicking here.

“…reflection divorced from action is reflection separated from its purpose, whether one is reading Scripture or any other conceivable text.”

“To those of us who read for entertainment, knowledge acquisition, or who simply don’t have a conscious goal for our activity of reading, Kierkegaard and Augustine have a simple message: reading is an activity that has been granted us in order that our lives might be changed. To approach it otherwise is to approach it wrongly.”

“Reading is not just an activity we do willy-nilly, picking up a book and then seeing what happens. Rather, reading should be about the transformation of the self. “

When given a book, one might think: the faster I read this, the more quickly I can comprehend its contents and move on to other things. Kierkegaard rejects this commonsense equation. His “deliberations” will be understood, and understood “easily,” but only
if one reads them “slowly”.

“Kierkegaard is an advocate of slow reading. Rather than quickly moving on from a text once you have grasped its general meaning, Kierkegaard believes you should wrestle with words, turning over each phrase, pondering possible examples of the author’s meaning, stopping to consider other potential meanings of a text beyond one’s initial interpretation. “

“…read slowly: take the time necessary to really grasp the concepts at play. Read repeatedly: commit to entering more
deeply into familiar ideas, rather than constantly seeking the new. And read aloud: let the text speak an address to you, so that you know—like Matthew in Caravaggio’s extraordinary painting The
Calling of St. Matthew—that it is you who are being called out, you who are being asked if your life has changed in accord with the truth you have encountered. “

“When one reads, one has the opportunity to become the kind of person who enjoys reading, and that is, in itself, a transformation.”

“everything, properly considered, contains an address to me. It tells me: you must change your life. Not just
Scripture contains this imperative. It should accompany every act of reading; thus existential metamorphosis is a part of Kierkegaard’s philosophy of reading in general, not just when the reader approaches Scripture, but any text. All words can be used to enjoy God more fully. Every sentence can further lure us into obedience to divine imperatives.”

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