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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

    [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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Nika
    Apr 21, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    This book is about virtues - things like courage, faith, diligence, etc - that teaches about the virtues by looking at books. The author chose one book per virtue and explains how that virtue is seen in the characters. It's a bit dry in places, but a good read overall. If you haven't r...

    For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. My father was a pastor and my mother was a teacher, so there were always books around the house ? preeminently the Bible, but also works of fiction and nonfiction. I never caught flak for reading as such, but my mom would sometimes...

    I LOVED this book! Growing up as the daughter of an enthusiastic Lit major, I have always loved good literature, especially Jane Austen. This book takes some of my favorite titles to an entirely new level, breaking down some of the theological and philosophical truths hidden in the tex...

    What an incredible book! I haven?t read all of the books Prior uses as standards, but I intend to. This is a beautiful examination of virtue, through the lens of literature. Prior?s style of writing is rich and lovely. ...

  • Jan
    Dec 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

    [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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

  • Emily
    Jan 31, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    This book is about virtues - things like courage, faith, diligence, etc - that teaches about the virtues by looking at books. The author chose one book per virtue and explains how that virtue is seen in the characters. It's a bit dry in places, but a good read overall. If you haven't r...

    For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. My father was a pastor and my mother was a teacher, so there were always books around the house ? preeminently the Bible, but also works of fiction and nonfiction. I never caught flak for reading as such, but my mom would sometimes...

    I LOVED this book! Growing up as the daughter of an enthusiastic Lit major, I have always loved good literature, especially Jane Austen. This book takes some of my favorite titles to an entirely new level, breaking down some of the theological and philosophical truths hidden in the tex...

  • Elizabeth
    Mar 16, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • George P.
    Aug 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    This book is about virtues - things like courage, faith, diligence, etc - that teaches about the virtues by looking at books. The author chose one book per virtue and explains how that virtue is seen in the characters. It's a bit dry in places, but a good read overall. If you haven't r...

    For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. My father was a pastor and my mother was a teacher, so there were always books around the house ? preeminently the Bible, but also works of fiction and nonfiction. I never caught flak for reading as such, but my mom would sometimes...

  • Kirk
    Oct 30, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

  • Justin Lonas
    Jan 13, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

  • Amanda
    Apr 09, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    This book is about virtues - things like courage, faith, diligence, etc - that teaches about the virtues by looking at books. The author chose one book per virtue and explains how that virtue is seen in the characters. It's a bit dry in places, but a good read overall. If you haven't r...

  • Mary
    Feb 08, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Karen
    Jan 04, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Unchong Berkey
    Mar 10, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Benjamin Messina
    Oct 17, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    A delight-filled reminder of why any of us read in the first place. Wisdom and joy abounding. ...

    [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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    This book is about virtues - things like courage, faith, diligence, etc - that teaches about the virtues by looking at books. The author chose one book per virtue and explains how that virtue is seen in the characters. It's a bit dry in places, but a good read overall. If you haven't r...

    For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. My father was a pastor and my mother was a teacher, so there were always books around the house ? preeminently the Bible, but also works of fiction and nonfiction. I never caught flak for reading as such, but my mom would sometimes...

    I LOVED this book! Growing up as the daughter of an enthusiastic Lit major, I have always loved good literature, especially Jane Austen. This book takes some of my favorite titles to an entirely new level, breaking down some of the theological and philosophical truths hidden in the tex...

    What an incredible book! I haven?t read all of the books Prior uses as standards, but I intend to. This is a beautiful examination of virtue, through the lens of literature. Prior?s style of writing is rich and lovely. ...

    Quite possibly my favorite book I?ve read this year. ...

  • Amy Morgan
    Apr 22, 2019

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I honestly can?t give you a good reason not to read this book. ...

    "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...

    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 ...

    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...