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, 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

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 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

Metamorphoses 1: Context of the Flood

Ovid’s Metamorphoses emphasize the eternal theme of love amid the constant upheavals of history. In this context, he tells the story of the Great Flood.Continue readingMetamorphoses 1: Context of the Flood

Gilgamesh 3: What Does the Flood Teach Us?

When we look at the flood account in the Epic of Gilgamesh carefully, we see that it is a warning against grasping at immortality. Living forever is not all it is cracked up to be.Continue readingGilgamesh 3: What Does the Flood Teach Us?

Gilgamesh 2: A Story within a Story

The story of the Great Flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh is a tale within a tale, a man who was given immortality dissuading another from seeking the same.Continue readingGilgamesh 2: A Story within a Story

Gilgamesh 1: Context of the Flood Story

To read such as the Epic of Gilgamesh with understanding, we start by considering what kind of literary work it is: Rhetorical context.Continue readingGilgamesh 1: Context of the Flood Story

Learning to See the Bible Whole

A recent book by John Bergsma, Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History, helps Catholics regain a sense of the unity of Scripture and points the way to grasping the real meaning of the Bible.Continue readingLearning to See the Bible Whole

Read Any Work with Greater Understanding

This four-step analysis, boiled down from Mortimer Adler’s How to Read a Book, can help you understand and assess intelligently almost any book.Continue readingRead Any Work with Greater Understanding

Learn to Read Intelligently, Even When You Are Out of Your Depth

Check out my new blog on Catholic Social teaching, where I demonstrate a 4-step method of understanding almost anything you read.Continue readingLearn to Read Intelligently, Even When You Are Out of Your Depth