David Powlison on the value of reading fiction and history:
[A]longside Scripture, I most love novels and histories. Why? Because you learn about people.
You gain a feel for human experience.
You come to understand riches and nuances that you could never understand just from knowing the circle of people you happen to know.
You come to understand the ways that people differ from each other, and the ways we are all alike—an exceedingly valuable component of wisdom.
You become a bigger person with a wider scope of perception.
All those things you come to know illustrate and amplify the relevance and wisdom of our God. I love fiction and biography for the same reasons that an 18th century pastor would read his Bible and his Shakespeare.