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 ...
  • Maxwell
    Jun 20, 2019
    [4.5 stars] I thoroughly enjoyed this book because I felt a deep connection to Prior's point-of-view. Her literary outlook on life and her Christian perspective really resonated with me. I also found it particularly enjoyable because I have read many of the works of literature which sh...
  • Jan
    Dec 03, 2018
    Dec 3, 2018 3 stars. 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. Except possibly George Saunders. Even though I've he...
  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    Mar 09, 2019
    I'll refrain from actually rating this title. I can't resist books about books, but that is definitely ruled out in this case, since everything good about reading is wrapped in sanctimonious, moralistic sermons about how only through christianity people can know true virtue, kindness a...
  • 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...
  • Todd Miles
    Mar 04, 2019
    Excellent book. Beautifully crafted and written. Deeply challenging. A thought provoking study on the virtues, cleverly drawing from great literature. So you get spiritual formation coupled with a literature study: two for the price of one! ...
  • 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...
  • Faith
    Feb 04, 2019
    Reading books about books and reading is very gratifying. Karen Prior has accomplished the telos of reading in a way that will stay with me for a long time. Reading towards virtues like patience, temperance, kindness, diligence, and humility is a great mercy. I believe this book will b...
  • Justin Wiggins
    Jan 25, 2019
    On Reading Well : Finding The Good Life Through Great Books by Karen Swallow Prior is a book that I highly recommend it. This has been one of the best books I have read about virtue, a love for books, reading attentively, how powerful and universal literature and art is, and the realit...
  • David
    Jul 10, 2019
    I can't imagine I won't read this book again but with others! I enjoyed it very much! ...
  • Elizabeth
    Mar 16, 2019
    Books about books are sure to bring a sort of cozy satisfaction to any confirmed bibliophile. "On Reading Well" is no exception. The author's tone does, at times, tilt to the the scholarly side. I admit to glazing over at certain passages. On the whole, however, Prior has penned a ...
  • 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...
  • 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. WORLD revi...
  • 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. ...
  • Justin Lonas
    Jan 13, 2019
    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...
  • Mary
    Feb 08, 2019
    Karen Swallow Prior has written a wonderful masterpiece of a book. I had to read it slowly. There was so much to think about, so much to learn, so much of my chaff to blow away... It is so much more than a book about books. I highly recommend it. ...
  • Rachel Tilly
    Jun 03, 2019
    Excellent, excellent book about reading great literature and living a virtuous life. I loved the way Prior divided the book into three sections: Cardinal Virtues, Theological Virtues, and Heavenly Virtues (with four chapters on different Virtues in each category). I had not previously ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kris
    May 22, 2019
    After only 30 pages I knew this one would be amazing. Her writing style is excellent. Every word counts. She pulls a lot of great ideas from other places, weaving together rich analysis. Good footnotes. There?s some flaws here and there, but I have to give it five stars. She uses ...
  • Unchong Berkey
    Mar 10, 2019
    Reading this book (listening, actually) was like experiencing a really good literature class. I loved Prior?s approach to reading some great works via virtue analysis. It made me want to re-think some of the books I?ve read (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, & P...
  • Barry
    Jan 26, 2019
    This one is quite good. Each chapter is a meditation on a particular virtue, using works of literature for further illumination. It functions as a nice companion to one of my favorite essays by Dorothy Sayers expounding on the Seven Deadly Sins, ?The Other Six Deadly Sins.? Her...
  • 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...
  • Amy Morgan
    Apr 22, 2019
    Don?t be afraid of this book. It?s not just about literature, it is about classical virtues. It?s almost an ethics primer. While I came away slightly challenged to read classics, I was mostly challenged to live virtuously and to find and enjoy what is good in creation, literature...
  • Brittany Durr
    Jun 28, 2019
    Fantastic! Very helpful to me as an English teacher, but also incredibly beneficial to me as an avid reader. Will definitely be reading again. ...