It’s All Rushdoony’s Fault: Confessions of a Book-aholic

Books are a part of God’s creation and exhibit man’s being made in the image of God. Yet books are not innately sanctifying nor are they neutral. James tells us that the same tongue can praise God or curse God. Likewise, the same pen can write God-honoring truths or God-denying falsehoods.

Recently, I read a book called The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett. The title made me think the book could be about me, but by the grace of God alone, it wasn’t. It was the story of John Charles Gilkey, a book thief, and Ken Sanders, the book dealer who tracked him down. Gilkey connived and deceived sellers of expensive, rare, and antiquarian books. He accumulated certain collectible books because he thought it gave him a certain prestige, class, and acclaim among the wealthy and powerful.

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