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On Reading Well

onreadingwell 330Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue, says acclaimed author Karen Swallow Prior. Replay Brock's Wednesday Bookmark interview with Karen Swallow Prior.

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Book Description:

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.

About the Author:

Karen Swallow Prior (PhD, SUNY Buffalo) is research professor of English and Christianity & Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is an award-winning author and one of today's leading evangelical writers and commentators. Her book On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books was recognized as a Publishers Weekly Book of the Year in Religion in 2018. She is a frequent speaker, is a monthly columnist at Religion New Service, and has written for Christianity Today, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Gospel Coalition. She is also a senior fellow with the Trinity Forum and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. Prior lives with her husband in central Virginia.


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