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John Piper is a well-known Christian author and pastor. He tells about a plan that he says has changed his life.

Suppose you read about 250 words a minute, and you resolved to devote just 15 minutes a day to some serious theological reading to deepen your understanding of the Christian faith. In one year, you will have spent 5,475 minutes reading. Multiply that times 250 words/minute, and you get 1,368,750 words/year. Most books are 300-400 pages. Divide 350 into 1,368,750 words, and you have 3,910 pages. This means that reading at 250 words/minute for 15 minutes a day, you could read 20 average-size books in a year. You do that year-after-year, and you would become an expert in whatever field you choose to read in. All it takes is a plan.

(From a sermon by Ed Sasnett, Guard Your Heart, 4/13/2011)

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