Deep Reading: Practices to Subvert the Vices of Our Distracted, Hostile, and Consumeristic Age

Deep Reading: Practices to Subvert the Vices of Our Distracted, Hostile, and Consumeristic Age

Deep Reading: Practices to Subvert the Vices of Our Distracted, Hostile, and Consumeristic Age

Deep Reading: Practices to Subvert the Vices of Our Distracted, Hostile, and Consumeristic Age

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Overview

This book helps readers develop practices that will result in deep, formative, and faithful reading so they can contribute to the flourishing of their communities and cultivate their own spiritual and intellectual depth.

The authors present reading as a remedy for three prevalent cultural vices—distraction, hostility, and consumerism—that impact the possibility of formative reading. Informed by James K. A. Smith's work on "the spiritual power of habit," Deep Reading provides resources for engaging in formative and culturally subversive reading practices that teach readers how to resist vices, love virtue, and desire the good.

Rather than emphasizing the spiritual benefits of reading specific texts such as Dante's Divine Comedy or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the authors focus on the practice of reading itself. They examine practices many teachers, students, and avid readers employ—such as reading lists, reading logs, and discussion—and demonstrate how such practices can be more effectively and intentionally harnessed to result in deep reading. The practices apply to any work that is meant to be read deeply.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540966957
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2024
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 368,689
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rachel B. Griffis (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of English at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Julie Ooms (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of English at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Rachel M. De Smith Roberts (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of English at North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Learning to Read
Part 1: Practices to Subvert Distraction
1. Paying Attention: Reading Practices to Cultivate Temperance
2. Attentive Reading Processes for the Digital Age
Part 2: Practices to Subvert Hostility
3. Beyond the Diverse Reading List: Inclusive Practices to Cultivate Listeners
4. Beyond Dogmatism: Prudent Reading Practices for Interpreting Worldviews
Part 3: Practices to Subvert Consumerism
5. What Readers Bring to the Community: Conversation as Gift Giving
6. Being a Human: Learning to Read for Enjoyment
Conclusion: Learning to Reread
Index
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