Around a week ago I undertook a book I never suppsoed I’d dare pick up before. That book is called The Insitutes. Yeah, the one by John Calvin. In Latin…
Just kidding about the Latin part, but I am reading Beverdige’s translation. Here’s how I read it without just skimming and walking away confused.
First, if I find a word I don’t know (there a lots of those), I try to look new words up. If you have a Kindle or some other digital or pocket dictionary, you really have no excuse for not looking it up. Vocab is key.
Second, I outline everything by hand. Each chapter of the book contains an outline. They would normally look like this: a), sgsdiufhsdkjh, b) sdkfjhsdkgjh, c), sdfhsdfkj, with the sdgjhkjh equaling the key point of each section.
So I would just write out the key point and then read that section, outlining whatever looked important.
Then I would write the second key point, look up new words, outline, and so on.
It’s actually a much more approachable book than I thought.
For those of you who don’t know everything, I reccomend that you follow that proccess (not PRO sess, it’s PRAH sess): look up the new words, and then outline.
What’s really cool about Step 2 is that by the end of reading the book, you have a simple, easy-to-understand outline that you can flip through.
Now, for those of you who don’t want to read Calvin, I am planning to offer brief outlines/summaries of each chapter. You should be seeing those on the blog soon.
Anyone else reading/want to read the Institutes?
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