Class 45: “The Power of Reading” (Part 2)


Today, we will continue our study titled, THE POWER OF READING.

Allow me to begin with a quote from G.M. Trevelyan. He said, “Education has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading, an easy prey to sensations and cheap appeals.”

Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read a portion of the corresponding letter from the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:

Why you should read:

• Reading helps you to think (as opposed to the television which dulls your mind).

• Reading helps you to write and speak better.

• Reading increases your vocabulary.

• Reading takes you places mentally that you may never be able to go physically.

• Reading helps you to become a more educated person.

What you should read:

• The Holy Bible

• The Christian classics

• A good grammar book

• A World history book

• An American history book

• An African-American history book

• A book on etiquette

• A book on personal hygiene

• The classics by both black and white authors

• A good daily newspaper or news magazine

• A pocket dictionary

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Now we will discuss three more reasons you should read:

1. Reading takes you places mentally that you may never be able to go physically.

You may never be able to climb the Great Wall of China, but you can read about it. You will never be able to participate in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, but you can imagine that you are there. You might be unable to take a trip to Australia or to some other foreign land, but you can easily go there by picking up a book and allowing yourself to go there. Reading will give you the privilege of traveling to places and imagining yourself in events that you would not otherwise be able to visit or participate in.

2. Reading helps you to become a more educated person.

A part of being an educated person is having the ability to critically thinking about situations, analyze information, and put things together to come up with a good solution or outcome. When you read, you often develop an opinion about the author and his or her work. You critique the plot for a fiction book or the main thesis or premise for a nonfiction book. You determine if it was well-written or poorly written. Should you ever have the opportunity to be involved in a conversation discussing the topic or alluding to the topic, you will be able to state your opinion astutely and with clarity.

3. Reading helps to decrease stress.

Reading has the potential to let all the difficult issues you face slip away at least temporarily. No matter how much stress you have to deal with at school, work, home, in social and personal relationships, and others, taking time to delve into a good book can decrease stress and allow you to relax. A good book or interesting article can transport you to other realms and mentalities. Books keep you in the present moment while releasing tensions and allowing you to return to work with more energy, patience, and power over your circumstances.

G.K. Chesterton said, “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

In our next class, we will continue our study, “THE POWER OF READING”.

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Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.

First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.

God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.