Just not as often as I would like.
If someone has been dead for a while and his book is still in print and widely read, then it’s probably worth reading. And, if we’re honest, there are precious few books written by Christian authors today that will still be read in 24 months, let alone 24 years. I want to use my reading time to immerse myself in powerfully formative material, and not just flash-in-the-pan trends. Does this mean I never read living authors? No, of course not. But if they’re not dead, I like them to be pretty close. I can usually trust that they’re not going to waste what time they have left on this earth writing sappy Hallmark card sentimental Evangelical fluff.
Present company excluded, of course.
Sadly, the problem is exacerbated by 21st-century e-publishing.
When books were dear, scarcely anyone could read them. Now that books are free, scarcely anyone wants to read them.