I often tell people at our church that when you read Christian books be sure to read critically--though not negatively. Every book should be evaluated by the word of God, and it is good to ask ourselves, how is this author right, and how is he/she wrong? Henry Scudder has some good words on the subject that I encourage you to read carefully.
1. In reading men's writing, read the best, or at least those by which you can profit most.
2. Read a good book thoroughly, and with due consideration.
3. Reject not hastily any thing you read, because of the mean opinion you have of the author. Believe not every thing you read, because of the great opinion you have of him who wrote it. But, in all books of faith and manners, try all things by the Scriptures, Isa. viii. 20. Matt. xxii. 29, 31. Receive nothing upon the bare testimony or judgment of any man, any further than he can confirm it by the canon of God's holy word, Luke x. 26, or by evidence of reason, or by undoubted experience, be according unto, not against the word of God. If the meanest speak according to it, then receive and regard it: but if the most judicious in your esteem, yea, if he were an angel of God, should speak or write otherwise, refuse and reject it, Gal. i. 8.
- Henry Scudder, The Christian's Daily Walk