Insider Secrets for Reading Great Literature

Today I provide a roadmap for the course of this blog. Climb on the bus and I’ll show you some insider secrets for reading great literature.Continue readingInsider Secrets for Reading Great Literature

Joe Schmoe Reads Genesis: Part 1

When an ordinary guy with no religious background, reads Genesis, he uses his ordinary reading habits to help him figure out what the story is all about. Today, he looks for the connecting thread.Continue readingJoe Schmoe Reads Genesis: Part 1

Joe Schmoe, Meet the Bible

Any careful reader, even an unbeliever, can discern the literal meaning of Scripture. Today we meet Joe Schmoe, ordinary guy, and introduce him to the Bible.Continue readingJoe Schmoe, Meet the Bible

Reading for Pleasure: Easier Doesn’t Mean Better

As with any skill, learning to read with understanding requires good technique and lots of practice, but it pays off in greater enjoyment.Continue readingReading for Pleasure: Easier Doesn’t Mean Better

Digging for Treasure in the Bible

As we return to our series comparing accounts of the Great Flood, we need to recognize that Sacred Scripture hides its greatest truths from profane eyes.Continue readingDigging for Treasure in the Bible

A New Way to Think about Reading

To reclaim the great Western cultural tradition and live our Christian faith more fully, we need to relearn reading habits that helped shape that tradition.Continue readingA New Way to Think about Reading

The Story God Is Telling at the Present Time

Something that should comfort every Christian disturbed by the distressing events of our day: The story of human history has already been written in the mind of God, and it has a happy ending. As bit characters who come in near the end of the story, our job is simply to live the roles that God has assigned us and to trust that all will come right in the end.Continue readingThe Story God Is Telling at the Present Time

Books Can (Help) Save Our Dying Culture

Can learning to read better, more deeply, and with greater understanding really save the world? I believe it can, at least, help, particularly when we read great works in the Western cultural tradition.Continue readingBooks Can (Help) Save Our Dying Culture

Peacocks, Vanity, and the Prick of Conscience

Peacocks (“royal turkeys”) are famous for their foolish vanity, but in Flannery O’Connor’s “An Afternoon in the Woods,” a more ordinary turkey (and a dead one at that) tempts a young boy into the sin of vain pride.Continue readingPeacocks, Vanity, and the Prick of Conscience

The Secret to Reading Flannery O’Connor

Flannery O’Connor’s stories make most readers uncomfortable, but that is the point. And points are uncomfortable. If you just keep reading, you’ll eventually see what the point is, and that will make your discomfort worthwhile.Continue readingThe Secret to Reading Flannery O’Connor

Andrew Seddon: Versatile Writer of Life-Affirming Stories

Andrew Seddon is a Catholic writer I first met through this blog and for whom I’ve since done some editing and book design. His stories range from space opera to saints’ lives to old-fashioned ghost stories, but whatever the genre, they all affirm the goodness of life.Continue readingAndrew Seddon: Versatile Writer of Life-Affirming Stories

Great Flood Recap: Wrestling with Proteus

Drawing from the same fund of mythology, different poets can tell very different stories, as we’ve seen when examining accounts of the Great Flood in both Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Epic of Gilgamesh.Continue readingGreat Flood Recap: Wrestling with Proteus