Although not as good as the author's previous book "Great Books of the Christian Tradition," I did enjoy the picturesque tribute to books and the quotes about books from various authors. This is a book solely for booklovers and will probably not appeal to anybody else. Since I share Glaspey's love of books, I found this slender and lovely volume enjoyable. I just wish his last book previously mentioned was as nice and hardbound since I use it so much! - Brad Clark
I hope that Amazon can find this out-of-print book for you! This slim hardcover book, is a feast for the eyes, as well as the mind. Each of the eight chapters is beautifully illustrated with a variety of pictures depicting mankind's love affair with books over history. Each chapter has a few pages by the author, but then he includes a LOT of quotes from various thinkers on reading and libraries from centuries past. One of the quotes is used on Amazon bookmarks: "When I get a little money, I buy books; and if there is any left I buy food and clothes." by Erasmus. Two of the chapters I especially enjoyed are "A Place to Read" and "The Lure of Libraries". At the end of the book, a few lined but blank pages are included for "My Personal Book List" where the reader can jot down titles of books that have been recommended. I noticed that Terry Glaspey is coming out with another book about reading and books this coming June. I'm looking forward to checking that one out! Please see my other reviews of Christian books and music!
Beautifully illustrated and interspersed with wonderful quotes from book lovers, literature buffs and readers who read for life. It's hard to believe this exquist book is out of print already. I've owned my copy for a couple of years now and I pull it off the shelf re-read sections (or the entire book) every couple of months.
Books continually pass through my office shelves--as an editor and a writer. Terry Glaspey has created a "keeper" or a book that will remain on my shelves. Why?
He combines simple stories, quotations from well-known people about the value of books with outstanding design. The overall effect is a beautiful package which celebrates the printed page. What a great effort. Get this book--even if you buy it used.