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Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature (Turning Point Christian Worldview Series) Paperback – September 15, 1990
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“Veith has written on important topics with his usual clarity, good sense, organizing ability, and comprehensiveness. The scope of this project is impressive.”
—Leland Ryken, Emeritus Professor of English, Wheaton College
“What a superb resource this is! It resonates with profound perceptions of how good literature works to enrich and illuminate us. Dr. Veith proves himself once again to be a knowledgeable guide through the landscape of the written word.”
—Luci Shaw, author, God in the Dark and Polishing the Petoskey Stone
“Reading Between the Lines is thoroughly enjoyable and thoroughly literate—a magnificent blending of history, literature, and theology that will be welcomed by professionals and laity alike.”
—Wayne Martindale, Professor of English, Wheaton College; author, Beyond the Shadowlands: C. S. Lewis on Heaven and Hell
“Veith makes it clear that the joys of reading can be deep joys of the type which can enliven our souls. This book should raise significantly the cultural level of evangelicalism.”
—Edward E. Ericson Jr., professor emeritus of English, Calvin College
About the Author
Gene Edward Veith Jr. (PhD, University of Kansas) is provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College and the director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary. He has been a columnist for World magazine and TableTalk, and is the author of a number of noted books on Christianity and culture, including God at Work.
Marvin Olasky (PhD, American Culture, University of Michigan) is the editor-in-chief of World Magazine. He has been interviewed numerous times by the national media as the developer of the concepts of compassionate conservatism and biblically objective journalism and is the author of twenty books.
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I am only part way through, "Reading between the lines," but clearly recognize the master's touch. I was sitting BAM (Books a Million) with my grandson after finishing the chapter on fiction and began reading Madeleine L'Engles, "Wrinkle in Time." I had to put down the first book to finish the second; I don't think Dr. Veith would have forgiven me if I did not. While L'Engles' book is already biased toward the scientific type, I could now read with a consciousness of how she used the characters, plot, theme and setting to fire the imagination while telling her story.
I don't know what the value of Dr. Veith's books are to those who have already cultivated a taste and knowledge for good art and literature but if you are like me, wanting in those areas, but would like to venture into that other world this is a great place to start!
Veith accomplishes his purpose through his examination of the different genres of literature, and along the way, he reminds us what the classical definitions of tragedy, comedy, etc., are and the purpose behind these genres. In setting the stage, Veith analyzes our media saturated culture and proposes his book as a “guide to literature”. Since this is a Christian guide to literature, Veith explains the importance of reading to Christians, and reminds the reader that “(u)niversal literacy, taken for granted today, was a direct result of the Reformation’s reemphasis upon the centrality of Bible reading, not only for theologians but for the spiritual life of every Christian.” (As I read this chapter, I thought of a John MacArthur sermon I had listened to in which he said that the way to learn God’s will is from the Bible, and the way to do that is to put our heads down and READ it!) He also posits that our current dependence on technology results in a “new primitivism.” Veith also goes into great detail on the traditions of literature, from the Middle Ages to post-modernism, which was extremely helpful. These last four chapters are probably the best part of the book. I also learned a tremendous amount from his chapter on poetry. Veith liberally uses literary examples throughout the book, and the endnotes provide a gold mine of further reading.
This book is also a good reference tool and one I intend to go back to again.
Mr. Veith clearly explains the importance of literature in our modern society. His description of the different literary forms gave me a new appreciation for some genres that in the past I had avoided. This book is important to both the avid reader as well as some one who would like to develop an appreciation for literature. It is most appropriate for anyone who has an interest in literature, not just Christians.