On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

by Karen Swallow Prior, Leland Ryken

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ISBN-13: 9781493415465
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 143,758
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Karen Swallow Prior (PhD, SUNY Buffalo) is an award-winning professor of English at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More--Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist. Prior has written for Christianity Today, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Think Christian, and The Gospel Coalition. She is a research fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a senior fellow with Liberty University's Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, a senior fellow with the Trinity Forum, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States.

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Contents

Foreword by Leland Ryken
Introduction: Read Well, Live Well
Part One: The Cardinal Virtues
1. Prudence: The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding
2. Temperance: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. Justice: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
4. Courage: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Part Two: The Theological Virtues
5. Faith: Silence by Shusaku Endo
6. Hope: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
7. Love: The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
Part Three: The Heavenly Virtues
8. Chastity: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
9. Diligence: Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
10. Patience: Persuasion by Jane Austen
11. Kindness: "Tenth of December" by George Saunders
12. Humility: "Revelation" and "Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O'Connor
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On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Andrew Johnson More than 1 year ago
I have been a lover a good books since college especially fiction books. As it was the one type of genre I was missing in my degree. So i did not need to be convinced by Karen Swallow Prior to read great books. However, I gained something more valuable: How reading can help us live a good life. She does this by attaching a virtue to each fiction work and shows within that work the virtue lived out by the characters. For Example, Temperance is shown through "The Great Gatsby" by Fitzgerald. She does this in a way that does not completely spoil the reading of the work. I found that I gained a greater appreciation of "Gatsby" after reading the chapter. I even read it again and enjoyed it so much better then my first reading. The same thing happened with "Pilgrim's Progress." One of the few fiction books, I read in college as a part of my degree and I was not a fan of it when I read it. However, I am eager to go back a read it to see what I missed. Prior not only showed me to go back a read books that I have read but she convinced me to read authors I have tried to avoid, namely Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain. I hate to admit by these authors always seemed boring to me probably because I was forced to read them in school. But after "On Reading Well," I am eager to read or listen to these books in the near future. Overall, what I appreciated most about "On Reading Well" is it stops this idea that I have to read non-fiction to live a virtuous life. Prior shows how you can read fiction and learn how to a live a virtuous life.