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Publisher's Summary

Like any other life-sustaining resource," says Marilyn McEntyre, "language can be depleted, polluted, contaminated, eroded, and filled with artificial stimulants." Today more than ever, language needs to be rescued and restored. Drawing on a wide range of sources, both critical and literary, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies is an engaging address to everyone concerned with preserving the vitality and precision of the spoken and written word. 

Written with modesty, keen insight, and grace, Marilyn McEntyre's Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies proposes a revolution of human expression that would bring precision, honesty, and felicity to the spoken and written discourse of contemporary culture.              

©2009 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (P)2017 Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

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Wonderful Listen, Tough Read

Would you consider the audio edition of Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies to be better than the print version?

Yes. I like books from Eerdmans. Friends recommended Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies. I tried to read it... twice. Tough sledding. I could not make it through. The audio version popped up a few days ago, and I gave it a try. I loved it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies?

For me, the pleasant experience of listening was the most memorable.

Have you listened to any of Jessica Schell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us. Very similar.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really a "moving" book. Lots of thoughtful moments.

Any additional comments?

The narrator did a great job.

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The lack of editing for quality affected my enjoyment of the book. Mispronouncing the names of Yeats and Donne, “casual” instead of “causal”, “booth” instead of “both” are just the errors that I remember. The reading intonation and expression were fine; good editing should have caught the mistakes.

Content of the book is really good and I enjoyed it, despite the distractions that happened throughout.

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Listening to this recitation was a balm for my Spirit! Our lives are enriched by good communication, which can be transcendent silence, or fervent thanks. Lyrics take practice, but mere diligence won’t transform the prosaic into the poetry or prayer.

I’m grateful to be pointed to “My Word” on the BBC. Words need to be played with to truly appreciate our full potential.