While doing some research in preparation for a sermon next week, I ran across some advice on reading from Richard Baxter, one of the great Puritan pastors. One of the questions I often get asked is “How do I decide what to read?” You can’t do better than Baxter’s suggestions.
While reading ask oneself:
1. Could I spend this time no better?
2. Are there better books that would edify me more?
3. Are the lovers of such a book as this the greatest lovers of the Book of God and of a holy life?
4. Does this book increase my love to the Word of God, kill my sin, and prepare me for the life to come?
There is a bit more to this good advice here.