8 Science-Backed Reasons to Read a (Real) Book

It’s a little off the coaching church planters topic but this post from Time shows important reasons to read real books – like the Bible – and lists benefits that planters, pastors, their families and churches need. For instance, screen reading slows you down, keeps you from relaxing and limits comprehension.

So shut this thing down and read a book. Preferably, your Bible.

TIME

Although more and more people own e-books, it seems safe to say that real books aren’t going anywhere yet. Eighty-eight percent of the Americans who read e-books continue to read printed ones as well. And while we’re all for the convenience of digital downloads and a lighter load, we can’t bring ourselves to part with the joy of a good, old-fashioned read.

There’s nothing like the smell of old books or the crack of a new one’s spine. (Plus, you’ll never run low on battery.) And it turns out that diving into a page-turner can also offer benefits toward your health and happiness. Here are eight smart reasons to read a real book.

It increases intelligence.

As Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Diving into a good book opens up a…

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