Walking alongside Wisdom: A review of Learning the Good Life
Lying on a bed at 2:00 AM idly flipping through a book while texting a friend isn’t likely to be a transformative experience. Treating education as a hoop to jump through to secure a job, make money, and consume leads to practices serving that end. The authors in this book will challenge our perceptions about what learning is for.
Parishes Need Pastor-Readers
I hope pastors read this book. But more than that, I hope it finds its way into the hands of examining chaplains and board elders, of district superintendents and seminary principals. They can do much to shape a culture where pastor-readers become more common.
Reading with Christian Eyes
Christians, then, have the proper perspective from which to read literature. We can see the profound truths of literature, be they ancient or modern, “pagan” or Christian. Furthermore, we can also rebut those scholars and interpreters who would rather praise the rage of Achilles and the false love of Heathcliff and Catherine instead of accepting the plainer truth that peace and new life come through acts of reconciliatory forgiveness, however hard it is to live by that standard ourselves.
Should We Read the Words of the Unsavory Dead?
Alan Jacobs is right that if we would receive a blessing from the dead, we will have to wrestle with them.
Reading Reality (and Watching for Bric-à-Brac on Our Windowsill)
Christian monastic pioneers saw that books left on the windowsill are more likely to make an impression on those outside than on those within.
The Pleasures of a Liturgical Calendar of Reading
The day after Thanksgiving yields a joy of three parts. The first joy is that of an introvert newly restored to peace and quiet...
Books and the Hungry Soul
Beautifully and substantially-made books suggest something that deserve to be pored over at length, just as one lingers with friends after a wonderful meal.
Nicholas Carr’s Shallows, and the Death of the Book
I just completed Nicholas Carr's excellent book, The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, and--because that's the sort of person I...
Now Available in Color
Why not stand on the shoulders of the Kindle?
Read the Printed Word
Here’s a sign of the times: if you’re worried about what all these digital and internet technologies are going to do to books, you can join a movement to signal your support of books (and other pen-and-inked things). Here’s what really makes that a sign of the times: the movement is online.
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