I remember hearing about someone who made the mistake of writing down a book suggestion for someone he was discipling. The book was ideally suited to the situation, but the author was just too different. The man was chased out of his church.
What makes a Bible school “liberal?” In one sense the term refers to wide and free reading across the spectrum. Strangely, I hear that there are many of the more “liberal” schools that won’t include “conservative” books on their reading lists. At the same time, many “conservative” schools will recommend and even require the reading of “liberal” scholars. If this were all that a label referred to, then they would need to be reversed!
Seems like we should be reading widely (and I’m not really referring to facebook / blog surfing!) At the same time, it may not be wise to advertise the breadth of your reading habits in some circles.
Good reading should not only reinforce your understanding by affirmation, but also by challenging what you believe. And as maturity increases, so can the band-width of your reading spectrum. It seems to be a very immature trait to dismiss books simply because they are not 100% on target.
Read widely, disclose wisely.