I have read bits and pieces of John Owen over the years, but I’ve decided to systematically read through his Mortification of Sin in Believers and while I was grabbing an online version, I ran across something that really piqued my interest about marking up books. Now, lest you think I don’t do this already, please be assured that I do mark up not only my Bible, but many of the books I read. I just thought it was rather odd that I did this, only to find out I may not be all that “odd,” well, in that sense anyway. But I want to share with you an excellent article by Demian Farnworth called How to Absorb a Book into Your Bloodstream. It is certainly worth your time to read this little article, and then put it into practice if you do not already have a system in place.
I also hope to systematically share some of my thoughts on Owen’s work over the next few months here on the blog, so, if you want to follow along, please consider it. Mortification of sin is an often overlooked area of preaching and teaching in churches today and I must admit, I have heard very few sermons on this subject. So I hope to become more familiar not only with Owen, but also better acquainted with the sinfulness of my heart and mortifying the sin that dwells within.