Just read this impactful quote on Patrick Schreiner’s blog. For those who don’t know Chrysostom, here’s his Wikipedia entry.
Listen carefully to me, I entreat you….Procure books that will be medicines for the soul…At least get a copy of the New Testament, the Apostle’s epistles, the Acts, the Gospels, for your constant teachers. If you encounter grief, dive into them as into a chest of medicines; take from them comfort for your trouble, whether it be loss, or death, or bereavement over the loss of relations.
Don’t simply dive into them.
Swim in them.
Keep them constantly in your mind.
The cause of all evils is the failure to know the Scriptures well.
– John Chrysostom, Homilies on Collossians, NPNF First Series, vol. 13 (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Eerdmans, 1988) Homily 9:300-301.