There is a monster at loose in the depths of my soul. Some days it hibernates ... and some days it is on the prowl and growling loudly. I'm speaking of envy. Pastors are not supposed to be the envious type, so bear with my confession and contemplation.
Read, not to contradict or confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
If you want to double your joys or half your sorrows, share them with a friend. That's the advice of Francis Bacon.