- Spiritual reading requires a primary emphasis on the devotional use of Scripture.
- The art of devotional reading is less a matter of techniques and more a matter of attitudes of the heart.
- Devotional reading has more of the character of a spiritual awakening out of cultural sleep than it has the idea of improving existing attitudes.
- Devotional reading has its own pace, a slower pace.
- Choose classics of faith and devotion from a broad spectrum of God’s people.
- Enjoy spiritual friendships with soul-friends so that you can mutually benefit in a group-study or in shared reading program.
- Recognize that spiritual reading meets with obstacles that discourage, distract, and dissuade you from persistence in your reading.
- Seek a balance in your reading between modern and ancient writings.
- Accompany your spiritual reading with the keeping of a journal or some reflective notebook.
- Choose carefully the devotional work that you desire to read for life-changing benefits to your soul. Pray seriously and seek someone to help you in the quest.
James M. Houston, A Guide to Devotional Reading