On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books (Paperback)

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books By Karen Swallow Prior, Leland Ryken (Foreword by) Cover Image

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books (Paperback)


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Publishers Weekly starred review
A Best Book of 2018 in Religion,
Publishers Weekly

Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue, says acclaimed author Karen Swallow Prior. In this book, she takes readers on a guided tour through works of great literature both ancient and modern, exploring twelve virtues that philosophers and theologians throughout history have identified as most essential for good character and the good life.

Covering authors from Henry Fielding to Cormac McCarthy, Jane Austen to George Saunders, and Flannery O'Connor to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Prior explores some of the most compelling universal themes found in the pages of classic books, helping readers learn to love life, literature, and God through their encounters with great writing. The book includes end-of-chapter reflection questions geared toward book club discussions, original artwork throughout, and a foreword by Leland Ryken. The hardcover edition was named a Best Book of 2018 in Religion by Publishers Weekly.

" A] lively treatise on building character through books.'"--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Karen Swallow Prior (PhD, SUNY Buffalo) is research professor of English and Christianity & 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 senior fellow with the Trinity Forum and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States.
Product Details ISBN: 9781587435836
ISBN-10: 1587435837
Publisher: Brazos Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 2022
Pages: 272
Language: English