On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books

Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue. Great literature increases knowledge of and desire for the good life by showing readers what virtue looks like and where vice leads. It is not just what one reads but how one reads that cultivates virtue. Reading good literature well requires one to practice numerous virtues, such as patience, diligence, and Reading great literature well has the power to cultivate virtue. Great literature increases knowledge of and desire for th...

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Title:On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books
Author:Karen Swallow Prior
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1587433966
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books Reviews

  • Justin
    Aug 22, 2018
    [Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reading Copy from the publisher, but no other remuneration for a review in any manner] We?ve grown used to quick reads, a couple of swipes up with our finger and we are ready to move on to the next thing. We read for information or for distracti...
  • Laura
    Oct 16, 2018
    Review originally appeared at Servants of Grace. Only four pages in to Karen Swallow Prior?s masterpiece On Reading Well, I knew I was in trouble. I love reading in lots of genres, but books about the act of reading are my weakness. I love them. I?ve already read Prior?s first...
  • Lori
    Jul 15, 2018
    Liberty University professor Karen Swallow Prior discusses twelve literary works in light of Christian virtues portrayed in each. She utilizes other literature, theological and Biblical studies works, philosophy, and classics to reach her conclusions. The work is divided into sections ...
  • Ned Bustard
    Mar 29, 2018
    This was an excellent book?it had great insights into classic works of literature and inspired me to want to read several great books that I have never gotten around to picking up. And, of course, I like the artwork on the cover and at the opening of each chapter... ...
  • Sandy Sopko
    Oct 27, 2018
    Prior is a professor at Liberty University (conservative Christian research university in Lynchburg VA), however, and in spite of that, I greatly enjoyed reading her perspective on great works (like Gatsby, Tale of Two Cities, Silence, The Road, Death of Ivan Ilych, Ethan Frome, Pilgri...
  • Cindy Rollins
    Oct 28, 2018
    I knew I would like this book but I was not prepared to truly love it as I did. It was truly a delightful stroll through many past reads. I decided after the first chapter to slow way down and not rush through this one. When I got to the next to the last chapter I realized it was a...
  • Jim
    Sep 29, 2018
    "But it is not enough to read widely. One must also read well. One must read virtuously." Forty years ago, this undergraduate English major was introduced to the book The Universe Next Door by the late Dr James W Sire. As I read it, I was made aware of the competing worldviews of th...
  • Matt Miles
    Sep 08, 2018
    Since there?s a lot of ink out there lately about how literature encourages empathy, it?s refreshing to see someone take the discussion in a different direction. I?m sure the author of On Reading Well wouldn?t disagree that good fiction strengthens empathy, but she sets her sig...
  • Kerstin
    Oct 08, 2018
    "All literature - stories most obviously - centers on some conflict, rupture or lack. Literature is birthed from our fallenness: without the fall, there would be no story." This book is gem. We live in a utilitarian, functional, and secularized culture, and it is no surprise that wh...
  • Bob
    Sep 16, 2018
    Summary: Makes a case that the reading of great literature may help us live well through cultivating the desire in us to live virtuously and to understand why we are doing so. Karen Swallow Prior wants us to heed John Milton's advice to "read promiscuously" great works of literature...
  • Amanda
    Oct 08, 2018
    An excellent discussion on virtue. The virtues all interact and support one another. Reading novels as a way to grow in virtue is a wonderful prospect. Does it work for every novel? Do we need to be mindful readers for it to work? I usually miss a lot of those types of things when I re...
  • Clara
    Jul 19, 2018
    "But it is not enough to read widely. One must also read well. One must read virtuously". This book is a thesis on why reading goes beyond entertainment, but feeding the soul. Of course literature review book might seem an obvious choice for a bookworm, but it's not. To pic up a bo...
  • Jeremy
    Jun 12, 2018
    I received an ARC paperback and read the forward and introduction on June 17?18, 2018. Promotional video here. Commendation here. Claremont review here. Patheos review here. Forward (Ryken) (pp. 9?11) Context tradition of appreciating the moral dimensions of literature Aristo...
  • George P.
    Aug 18, 2018
    For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. My father was a pastor and my mother was a teacher, so there were always books around the house ? preeminently the Bible, but also works of fiction and nonfiction. I never caught flak for reading as such, but my mom would sometimes...
  • Kirk
    Oct 30, 2018
    I've only read the Persuasion chapter. Of which, I will try to comment on in the future. "Of all Austen's characters, Anne Elliot is the one who is most lovable and most admirable. Elizabeth Bennet is lovable, but until she overcomes her pride, she is not entirely admirable. Fanny P...
  • Jay
    Oct 17, 2018
    In her introduction to her latest book, On Reading Well (Brazos Press, 2018), Karen Swallow Prior writes: ?Reading well adds to our life . . . in the same way a friendship adds to our life, changing it forever.? Just as we cultivate our circle of friends and acquaintances (with an ...
  • Nathaniel Martin
    Nov 10, 2018
    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...
  • Seth Woodley
    Oct 18, 2018
    I really enjoyed this book. The variety of great works and virtues examined provides freshness with each chapter. The introduction is well worth the price of the whole book on its own. In addition, there are great thoughts on virtues and works of literature, and I will likely benefit f...
  • Jeff
    Oct 18, 2018
    I'll admit my bias. I had seen On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books on many blogs which gave it glowing reviews. However, when I saw that Karen Swallow Prior teaches at Liberty University, I was instantly turned off. "Can anything good come out of Liberty?" Can yo...
  • Dorothy Greco
    Aug 30, 2018
    Karen Swallow Prior is one of the preeminent thinkers and writers of our time. Her wit, wisdom, and insight always make for a good read. In her third book, Prior chooses 12 literature classics (including The Great Gatsby, Pilgrim?s Progress, and A Tale of Two Cities) and mines them ...
  • Michele Morin
    Sep 04, 2018
    As a child, reading was my oasis, but it was not until I grew up, finished college, got married, and started reading aloud to a brood of boys that I began to realize it was not enough simply to read widely. I wanted to read well. In On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great ...
  • Daniel Coughlin
    Jul 24, 2018
    FYI: I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher (and a poster) with no strings attached except I can't share direct quotes. On Reading Well is an excellent encouragement for reading great books. Honestly, reading through the chapters I was taken back to the discussions ...
  • Melissa
    Sep 27, 2018
    I bought this book because Karen Swallow Prior is a superior author and thinker on topics I?m seriously devoted to: reading, literature, and how reading and literature inform and enrich the Christian?s life. Prior?s chapters on The Great Gatsby, Ethan Frome, and Flannery O?...
  • Amy
    Nov 04, 2018
    The introduction to this book is worth the purchase price. I finally understand what the word "aesthetics" means...even though it is often thrown around with the assumption that people know what it is (I mean, where was I supposed to learn that?). And that's the great thing about Karen...
  • Sarah
    Oct 22, 2018
    In Prior?s memoir ?Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me,? she masterfully, beautifully, and lovingly talks about the impact of specific works of literature on her own life. I loved this book and could not wait to get my hands on Prior?s second book about books: ?On Reading We...
  • Samuel James
    Aug 27, 2018
    On the one hand are rote worldview tests that strip stories and art down to their "good vs bad" parts. On the other hand is a cottage industry of "engaging culture" that usually translates into consuming whatever we like indiscriminately and calling it a Christian exercise. What I love...
  • Benjamin Messina
    Oct 17, 2018
    Quite possibly my favorite book I?ve read this year. ...
  • D.J. Hamon
    Oct 13, 2018
    My wife and I had a math teacher in middle school who sent kids to high school thoroughly prepared for algebra. But when we talk about him, it?s always about how he taught us so much more about life. Karen Swallow Prior is nominally a literature professor, but you will learn so much ...
  • Emily Schultz
    Jul 25, 2018
    I think this is my favorite of all of the books I read in 2018. On Reading Well shows the reader how to find virtue in fiction works. You can read my full review here: https://wp.me/p9XsVt-u I was provided with an advanced electronic copy through NetGalley in exchange for an hon...
  • ArynTheLibraryan
    Sep 07, 2018
    This book describes exactly how I read books. I had so much fun seeing someone be able to clearly explain how we can read fiction and experience, practice and grow! Seeing and recognizing virtues and morals as we read, helps to prepare us to handle situations of life better. I w...