C. S. Lewis once wrote, in a letter to a friend, “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
That does make sense. If a book is good enough to make you really enjoy it — not merely to think it’s a “good” book, but to feel a certain way while reading it — then that would be something we’d want to experience again.
Holiness by John Webster is one of those books for me. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it over the last few years, especially the last chapter, “The Holiness of the Christian.” The clarity and precision of his writing, and sometimes the unusualness of how he puts things, is a gust of fresh air. The book has become an encounter for me.
I recently dipped into it again, and, again, I can’t recommend it highly enough. For an idea of what you’ll find in its pages, here are a few of my favorite quotes:
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