A technique that could save hours of your time is learning to read a book like you read a newspaper. When you look at a paper, you don’t read every obituary, classified ad and legal notice because they aren’t relevant to you. Rather, you hit the highlights by scanning the headlines and stopping on the parts that are most interesting or most important to you.
You can take the same approach to reading a book. Make it a habit to quickly scan a book before reading it. Then, purpose to read only those parts that are most meaningful. Often a writer will put their best material in the first and last chapters of a book and have lots of filler in between.
One book where this doesn’t always apply however is the Bible. God said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable.” While some parts may be easier to apply than others, we eventually want to read it all.
Remember, making the most of your reading time is redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.