I was reading in the February issue of Discipleship Journal and I came across a disturbing statistic. It was one of those wake up calls because it affects how we teach and how we communicate the truth of the Bible. I’m an avid reader and I think sometimes I assume that other people read as much as I do. Even right now at church we are trying to encourage everyone to start reading their Bibles. We can’t forget the fact that many people struggle to read. To me this just reinforces the need to creatively share stories that teach the truth of Scripture. We also need to come up with ways to teach and connect to people who are not learning through books. How do we overcome this barrier and get people to continue learning throughout their adult life? This is not just a church problem, it is a cultural problem, and we must come up with solutions.
- One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Many people in the U.S. do not even graduate from high school.
- 58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
- 42% of college graduates never read another book.
- 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
- 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
- 57% of new books are not read to completion.