With the plethora of Christian books available in Christian bookstores, some of which find their way to the stacks in theological libraries, the reader or borrower can often be left overwhelmed by the vast choice on offer. How many of them are actually worth reading? As a librarian, I often see patrons borrow books of questionable quality and scholarship, and certainly unsuitable for assignment research. Occasionally if a borrower asks me for recommendations, I steer them away from certain authors. This might sound harsh or judgmental, but in an academic setting students need to be careful about their choice of references, and it would be unprofessional of me to not help my patrons find suitable resources.
The other day I stumbled across Discerning Reader, a new website designed to, as the name implies, help Christian readers make good reading choices. Site features either available now or in development include reviews, summaries, author interviews, reading lists, and church resources. From a Christian viewpoint, reading can be very valuable to spiritual growth, but only if you choose your books wisely. You need to sort the wheat from the chaff. If you can get past its slight American focus, the developers of this website are to be commended for their work.