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...
  • Shemaiah
    Dec 02, 2018
    Just finished. Thank you @KSPrior ! I am truly convicted by this book and endeavor to both read well and live well. Thank you for raising the bar on both. ...
  • 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... ...
  • Laurel Hicks
    Dec 29, 2018
    Well done! Twelve books and twelve virtues. This is literary criticism at its best. ...
  • Jan
    Dec 03, 2018
    Dec 3, 2018 3 to 3.5 stars (I think, I'm finding it hard to rate). Loved parts (and especially liked the introduction & chapters on Jane Austen, Pilgrim's Progress, and Flannery O'Connor), but other parts fell flat for me and didn't persuade me to read the book she was discussing. ...
  • Tina
    Dec 19, 2018
    Each chapter gives an in-depth study of a different book that illustrates a virtue, which was interesting if I liked the book, but not if I didn't! ...
  • 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...
  • Christina Von Moll
    Jan 05, 2019
    I loved this book so much. It?s a book about virtue and a book about great literature. Prior?s writing is beautiful, rich, and thought provoking as she provides insight into great works of literature and encourages and challenges readers to slow down, think deeply, and read ?prom...
  • 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. Tony Reinke liked it. KSP article in CT about wisdom and literature (paywall). ByFaith review here. Forward...
  • 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...
  • Karen
    Jan 04, 2019
    I love Karen Swallow Prior's writing so I thoroughly enjoyed reading (and thinking) this book. What keeps it from being rated higher (for me): I didn't come away wanting to read any of the titles I hadn't already read. They sound like drudgery. Or vitamins that are "good for me" at the...
  • 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 ...
  • Calley
    Dec 11, 2018
    If you love literature and want to experience the searching out of many great novels through the lens of a Scriptural worldview, this is a fabulous book. It's convicting and reaches into so many avenues that lack attention and value in today's world of quick quips and 140 character lim...
  • 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...
  • Luke Burgess
    Jan 04, 2019
    Excellent. This book is about books, but to a larger degree it is about challenging character, and thinking, and values. Ms Prior surveys classical literature through a Christian worldview, and does so in such a way as to draw the reader through review and assessment of themselves. It ...
  • Rob O'Lynn
    Jan 03, 2019
    Excellent discussion of moral philosophy and ethical development through the examination of particular literary works. Prior's argument, as is the central argument of moral philosophy, is that developing virtue leads to a lived-well life. And, as a writer and literature professor, ...
  • 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. ...