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The Re-reading Phobia

by John Gipson

“There are those who read only when there is nothing better to do, gobble up each story to ‘find out what happened,’ and seldom go back to it; others who reread and are profoundly moved,” said C. S. Lewis in An Experiment in Criticism.

Lewis was probably correct in his assessment that “the majority never read anything twice.” They will scan a book, and if they recognize anything vaguely familiar, put it down immediately with the pronouncement, “I’ve read it before.” Case closed! They have a phobia against rereading anything.

I would like to challenge this clan. If you enjoyed reading something the first time, who’s to say that you wouldn't find the same pleasure the second time around? (Mothers especially should be aware of this as their children tend to select the same book to be read each night).

Lewis noted that there are “others who reread and are profoundly moved.” In my own case there are a number of books I have read five or even ten times during the course of my life with pleasure and profit. (Who, after all, is satisfied with hearing a favorite piece of music only one time?)

Nowhere is the rereading phobia more dangerous than when it comes to the Book of all books -- the Bible. It not only has the power to “profoundly move” you, but to change you forever. It’s a matter of receiving “with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).

Question: How are you coming along with your daily Bible reading? Rest assured you will be blessed by every rereading.





"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18


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