No television. No radio. No internet. Since he took scripture seriously, redeeming the time was a mandate to him.
It also helped that his vocation was study and preaching.
Yes, after I made my reply I thought that there wasn’t much else to do or distract people back then. Books really were pretty much what they had.
I remember when I was a kid in the 70s....books were all I had too and a little TV...but books were the end all and be all of my small world. Don’t even remember the last time I read one.
But the Internet has so much information, it beats books for me hands down. Stuff I would never have known otherwise I have learned here, and I do not mean bad or evil things. Plus the world is at your fingertips. it really is hard to resist the ‘Net. :)