Those who travel light, travel fast.
One of my first jobs was as a messenger for a soybean processing company. I had a new company station wagon and drove about 70 miles a day. I really enjoyed the job. I loved to drive and went to all kinds of interesting places.
Soon the nice car was covered with soybean meal, soot, and dust. I used the wipers and fluid so I could see okay, but one day a boss told me, "Why don't you get the car washed? Just go to the car wash, get a receipt, and we'll pay you back." So I took the now crusty car to my favorite car wash spot. They cleaned the insides of the windows too. Such a deal.
Soon I was on the road again. But I noticed a very interesting thing. The car seemed to run better. You didn't need to push as hard on the accelerator to go at the same speed as before. Now obviously this was an illusion, but others have had the same experience.
I feel getting the old religious dust and dirt off has the same effect. Only this is not an illusion. Once freed from pagan myth, custom, and denominations, of the corporate church, you really do proceed more rapidly. Not in mph but in being closer to God and his truth.
In case you feel I am trying to start a cult of some kind, (we have plenty of those) I will give you my statement of faith. I didn't write it, Paul did.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:3,4
So why more Bible study and why more books? A roll of string is a simple thing. But untying all the knots and tangles that occur can get a little complicated. And in his book, God has so many treasures to learn about.