Email Tips: Expensive Libraries and Software

This "tip" was originally delivered on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 .

Sometimes people ask me about spending lots of money on expensive Bible software and libraries. My answer is, I try to avoid it. Not because I do not want to invest in good tools, but because I spot a racket when I see one.

Many good classic books that are worth knowing well are freely available online. The most expensive books seminary professors often recommend do not contain the gems it costs to purchase them. I’ve seen it with my own tired eyes.

Better than having many books but knowing none of them well is owning fewer books and knowing the material. Better to read the books you own, instead of owning more books than you can read. Better to pay less for great books, than to pay more for the newest books.

Read your books, study the good ones. Start with the Bible. You don’t need thousands of books or books worth a thousand dollars to grow in God’s word.

Though you should be willing to put your money where your mouth is, and should invest in proper tools, Christian literature is one place where a higher price does not always indicate higher quality. Beware.

For His glory,

Justin “better books” Johnson

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