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A Christian Perspective on the Joys of Reading
In today’s technology-driven culture, reading has become a lost art. With smartphones offering information at the tap of a finger, reading a book is often seen as a tedious and outdated activity. Christians are not immune to this problem, as many Christians find it hard to read books—even the Bible—consistently and attentively. Recovering the Lost Art of Reading addresses these timely issues by exploring the importance of reading generally as well as studying the Bible as literature, giving practical suggestions along the way. In this helpful guide, Leland Ryken and Glenda Faye Mathes encourage a new generation of readers to overcome the notion of reading as a duty and learn to see it as a delight.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Welcome to the Conversation
Reading Is a Lost Art Chapter 1: Is Reading Lost? Chapter 2: What Have We Lost? Chapter 3: Why Consider Reading an Art?
Reading Literature Chapter 4: What Is Literature? Chapter 5: Why Does Literature Matter? Chapter 6: What Does Literature Offer? Chapter 7: Reading Stories: Tell Me a Story Chapter 8: Reading Poems: Songs of the Soul Chapter 9: Reading Novels: Come Away with Me Chapter 10: Reading Fantasy: A Far Journey Chapter 11: Reading Children’s Books: Once Upon a Time Chapter 12: Reading Creative Nonfiction: To Tell the Truth Chapter 13: Reading the Bible as Literature: Words of Delight
Recovering the Art of Reading Chapter 14: Recovery through Discovery Chapter 15: Truth in Literature Chapter 16: The Moral Vision in Literature Chapter 17: Beauty in Literature Chapter 18: Discovering Literary Excellence Chapter 19: Freedom to Read Chapter 20: Reading Good Books Chapter 21: Calling and Creativity Chapter 22: Literature and the Spiritual Life: Over and Above