I cannot remember learning to read. Obviously I must have done so though I do not think it was an effort. As for when I read my first book, of that I have no recollection either. I do recall the comic papers I followed avidly, Dan Dare and Dennis the Menace come to mind. I guess at some point I graduated to the World War 2 books I read as a young boy and series like Hornblower by C.S. Forester where I was borne along to the time of the Napoleonic wars.
Here is some advice to those wishing to embark upon some serious reading followed by some information on Bible Versions and aids and helps as to which books to seek to obtain. It is not exhaustive but given only as a pointer. This is followed by some thumb nail sketches of various Christian writers through the centuries and is given to assist readers discovering good Christian literature.
I’ve tried to subdivide these book briefs into various topics. This is not easy because so many books crossover from one particular area to another, a biography has a place in a certain area of church history for instance and a missionary book has a link with Church history and biography too. But notwithstanding these things I have done my best to assist a bit with some categories. If you are looking particularly about Doctrine have a look too at the Biblical Exposition section and so on though and there might be some pointers to some books you are interested in there. Just to mention as well, that I am adding to these briefs quite regularly so keep having a look won’t you.
Finally, it takes time and labor to obtain books. Not all Christian Bookshops stock all you would want, so, to push an unwilling store assistant to order a particular title you are looking for might be necessary or if you can use computer access then www.amazon.com or www.amazon.co.uk might be helpful.
Here is some advice to those wishing to embark upon some serious reading followed by some information on Bible Versions and aids and helps as to which books to seek to obtain. It is not exhaustive but given only as a pointer.