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On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books by [Karen Swallow Prior, Leland Ryken]
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On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews

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"In a world dominated by tweets and texts, hot takes and sound bites, the call to read and to read well couldn't be more timely, especially for the people of God. I can't think of a better person than Karen Swallow Prior to relay this important word. She is full of the same wisdom and virtue that she argues great literature can cultivate in us all."
--Matt Chandler, president of Acts 29 and lead pastor of The Village Church in DFW

"It is not enough to read widely, Karen Swallow Prior says in her thought-provoking new collection. We must also read well--and thankfully Karen takes her reader by the hand and patiently reveals how a close (and enjoyable!) reading of literary works ranging from Jane Austen to George Saunders can pull us toward the good life. This illuminating literary overview prompts us to examine more deeply the books we know and love, and to reexamine our own hearts and minds through the lens of great books."
--Anne Bogel, author of I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life

"Prior is the English professor most of us never had. Few teachers are this clear, compelling, and Christ centered! In these accessible pages the hard work of reading virtuously begins to feel both attractive and attainable. Read this book carefully--ideally over several months, with the literature close at hand, and perhaps with a friend--and you'll have the opportunity not only to mature as a careful reader but to grow in grace and virtue."
--Justin Taylor, blogger, The Gospel Coalition; editor, ESV Study Bible --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Karen Swallow Prior (PhD, SUNY Buffalo) is research professor of English and Christianity and culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More--Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist. Prior has written for Christianity Today, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Think Christian, and The Gospel Coalition. She is a research fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a senior fellow with Liberty University's Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, a senior fellow with the Trinity Forum, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File Size : 18485 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 254 pages
  • Publisher : Brazos Press; Illustrated Edition (September 4, 2018)
  • Publication Date : September 4, 2018
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B07D6XGB1P
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 123 ratings