When Skidmore found himself in a mental cul de sac, emptied by his role of continually giving the truth out to others, he shared his dilemma with Chambers.
What do you read?" Oswald asked.
"Only the Bible and books directly associated with it," Skidmore told him.
"That's the trouble," Chambers replied. "You have allowed part of your brain to stagnate for want of use."
Within a few minutes, Oswald had scribbled out a list of more than fifty books -- philosophical, psychological, and theological, dealing with every phase of current thought.
In a follow-up letter to Skidmore, Oswald said: "My strong advice to you is to soak, soak, soak in philosophy and psychology, until you know more of these subjects than ever you need consciously to think. It is ignorance of these subjects on the part of ministers and workers that has brought over evangelical theology to such a sorry plight.
"When people refer to a man as 'a man of one book,' meaning the Bible, he is generally found to be a man of multitudinous books, which simply isolates the one Book to its proper grandeur. The man who reads only the Bible does not, as a rule, know it or human life."
--- Excerpt from "Abandoned To God" by David McCasland ... biography of Oswald Chambers
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