I’m reading a book on the history of Christianity and I’m 300 pages into it, but I’ve barely made a dent in it.
I’ve still got 1,600 years of history and 700 pages of paper to wade through before I reach the finish line. And it crossed my mind last night — maybe I should just quit.
My wife says there’s no shame in throwing in the towel. I’ve been reading about church history non-stop for the past few months and if my brain is full, it’s fine to call it a day, she suggests.
This year, I’ve read The Jesus Wars by Philip Jenkins and A New History of Early Christianity by Charles Freeman and Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire that Rescued Western Civilization by Lars Brownsworth and God’s Battalions by Rodney Stark — all of them focusing on Christianity prior to 1453.
Maybe, I need to shift topics for a bit.
Do you ever give up on a book? What’s the most pages you’ve ever read before pulling the plug?