Reading Between the Lines

A Christian Guide to Literature
Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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This is a guidebook for those who want to learn how to recognize books that are spiritually and aesthetically good - to cultivate good literary taste. Gene Edward Veith presents basic information to help book lovers understand what they read, from the classics to best sellers. He explains how the major genres of literature communicate. He explores ways comedy, tragedy, realism, and fantasy can portray the Christian worldview. These discussions lead to a host of related topics: the value of fairy tales for children, the tragic and the comic sense of life, the interplay between Greek and Biblical concepts in the imagination, and the new "post-modernism" (a subject of vital importance to Christians).
©1994 Gene Edward Veith, Jr. (P)1994 by Blackstone Audiobooks

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Good material, especially the last few chapters

Though dated, this is a good introduction to a Christian reading of literature that is neither condescending nor trite. I appreciate it being available in audio form and will want the paper book for the evenhanded treatment of post modernism alone. The narrator's voice is somehow harsh and sharp. It almost hurt my ears, and sometimes he mispronounced. I would not prefer to hear him again. It may be the recording.

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Now I know how behind I am on my reading!

This book is like a college literature appreciation course....in the best sense. There are many suggested authors and explanations of why a good work of literature is good... He covers stories from every age and genre. It's a great book for any reader! Highly recommended!!