How to Read Slowly (Wheaton Literary) Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0877883579
ISBN-10: 0877883572
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About the Author

Born on a ranch on the rim of the Nebraska Sandhills, James W. Sire has been an officer in the Army, a college professor of English literature, philosophy and theology, the chief editor of InterVarsity Press (a Christian publisher of books for thoughtful readers), a lecturer at over two hundred universities in the U.S., Canada, Eastern and Western Europe and Asia, and the author of twenty books on literature, philosophy and the Christian faith. His book The Universe Next Door, published in 1976 and now in its fifth edition, has sold over 350,000 copies and has been translated into 18 foreign languages. He holds a B.A. in chemistry and English from the University of Nebraska, an M.A. in English from Washington State College (now University) and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri. His most recent book is a memoir, The Rim of the Sandhills (eBook on Kindle and Nook).

Product Details

  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Shaw Books; 2nd ed. edition (November 24, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 24, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BLK7J8
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By Jacob T. Self on May 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
In the vein of Mortimer Adler's How to Read a Book (A Touchstone book), world view expert and professor of English and literature, James Sire has written an engaging and practical book on reading comprehension. The title is somewhat of a misnomer since the book has nothing to do with the actual speed of reading but rather the process of comprehending what we read. He covers the genres of non-fiction, poetry, and fiction with especially helpful advice on how to read them. The last chapters are dedicated to the different contexts of reading and when and what to read. This short book takes a particular approach to reading in that it teaches the reader to determine the world view of the author. The author approaches this from a particularly Christian point-of-view, but maintains that wide reading is necessary and profitable to developing a world view to which we are committed. With this approach in mind, the book is ideally a companion to the author's world view catalog, The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalog, and serves as a useful supplement to Adler. The book is essential for all bibliophiles but especially the Christian reader.
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I bought this little book a few years back after having read it in the library. Well much to my shock and awe, it was even better the second time around. I honestly think you will enjoy the read. Writing this review makes me want to read it again.

More specific the book covers many different topics. Such as:
Chp 1 - Introduction to reading.
Chp 2 - Reading NONfiction.
Chp 3 - Reading poetry.
Chp 4 - Reading fiction.
Chp 5 - The larger context.
Chp 6 - A time to read.
Appendix - Reading with a plan.

Probably the most helpful sections are in the back of the book. Chp 5 and the appendix are the most helpful sections in the whole book. (Any reading plan will do but this one is well laid out.)

Start reading!
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James Sire is a great Christian author who explains worldviews better than most (if not all). This book discussed different types of literature, and how to read them. It also discussed why we as Christians should read these things. He provides a good argument, but perhaps a better book on this subject is J.P. Moreland's Love the Lord With Your Mind.
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I love the book because it answered the questions i had about reading. I read to get through a book, not for its insights. I figure i will pick up the insights along the way. this book taught me how to be more reflective and understand the structures of writing so that I can have better grip on what I am reading.
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James Sire has done an admirable job with this introductory book on reading well. Before I read this book I thought poetry was created by evil spirits to torture the righteous. Now at least I realize God has a hand in poetry as well. His listings of useful books on various topics can be very helpful.
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This is a book about reading well. The book as a whole is helpful and definitely worth reading. Those wanting to learn how to track and analyze argument sin nonfiction will find this book helpful. Those interested in fiction and poetry will find much help in reading, understanding, and enjoying these art forms. Sire is a great teacher, he uses many excellent examples, and he is always clear in explaining why it matters. For my brief review on this book and most of the books out there on Christianity and the arts, see: theologyforreallife.com/artsbooks
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i'm a teacher and I use much of this book to supplement a class on world view. it relates well, even for young teens
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