Writers to Read

Writers to Read❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Writers to Read Author Douglas Wilson – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A uick walk through any bookstore reveals one obvious truth there are books than anyone can read in a lifetime With so many books articles and Web sites vying for our attention we must choose wisely B A uick walk through any bookstore reveals one obvious truth there are books than anyone can read Writers to PDF \ in a lifetime With so many books articles and Web sites vying for our attention we must choose wisely But what does that actually look like In Writers to Read Douglas Wilson—someone who’s spent a career writing reading and teaching others to do the same—introduces readers to nine great authors whose work deserves to be read Whether it’s G K Chesterton C S Lewis or Robert Capon the well known and less known authors Wilson examines are all masters of creative writing and worthy of study and enjoyment Those looking to become better writers or better readers will find this book to be an invaluable guide for wisely selecting their literary mentors. Wilson recommends the following 9 writers as those who have impacted his readingwriting life1 G K Chesterton2 H L Mencken3 P G Wodehouse4 T S Eliot5 J R R Tolkien6 C S Lewis7 R F Capon8 M S Robinson Marilyn Robinson9 N D Wilson Nate his sonOf those listed I will read all of them except for Capon Wilson I'll read Robinson's fiction but I avoided reading much of the chapter about her; I could tell from Wilson's description that I would be disappointed in her and that he was going to give away too much of the books that I still want to readI am probably most surprised to find myself wanting to read Mencken He sounds like a heck of a writer but a scoundrel Related essay here how to read like a methodical madman Endorsed by Greg Thornbury Joe Carter David Goodwin Tony Reinke and Joe RigneyI read Ch 7 Robert Farrar Capon on Oct 16 2015 and Ch 9 ND Wilson on July 28 29 2016You can read reviews at Patheos The Gospel Coalition Louis Markos and Reformed ForumND Wilson137 Meaningless Disclaimer; success; source of ND's name138 39 3 major influences139 real life ending up in Nate's books139 40 read the story you are in140 education at Liberty and St John's College140 41 getting into publishing with Aaron Rench141 42 Shroud of Turin142 43 theme 1 finding fathers in Nate's fiction and nonfiction see Tilt 110 where Nate talks about having orphaned children as an author for a good purpose144 archetypal adventure of finding the Father; the archetype of killing the dragon and getting the girl depends on a foundational story of a faithful son sent by a father reconciliationreunion; most of his books are fantasy literature; theme 2 regained perspective and Tolkien's escape to144 45 examples of escaping from for the purpose of escaping back to145 46 myth; our world is magical146 47 theme 3 multiple sensations; story grip147 theme 4 courage as a mean between extremes147 48 theme 5 allusions; my connection? paying attention in books — paying attention in life Notes from the Tilt a Whirl focuses on a way of seeing With this book Death by Living the focus is on a way of living a way of receiving life Death by Living xi; see theme 2; allusions in Leepike Ridge Odyssey and Boys of Blur Beowulf; this world is meant to be lived in149 list of his entire book corpus This book did what I believe it was meant to do I now have several new books high up on my to read lists There would be but many of these authors I've loved and been reading for years This fact however did not diminish my enjoyment in the least I love Wilson's exuberant writing style relished his love for authors I love A uote that's been attributed to a few different sources goes something like this The Gospel is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread Something similar could be said for readers in search of a good book A story whether fiction or nonfiction that rings true In search of an author whose words whose presence in the forms of stories on a bookshelf grow into a transforming friendshipDouglas Wilson is that kind of beggar in this book Just telling us where to find bread Some of the very best bread The author shares easily readable biographical information about 9 authors who have impacted his life through their writings A few personal favorites of mine N D Wilson J R R Tolkien C S Lewis A few that some friends have been trying to get me to read for a while M S Robinson and P G Wodehouse next year I promise A couple that I have not yet read at length but hope to do sooner than later T S Eliot and G K Chesterton And then two writers that I had not heard of but will likely add to my Goodreads to read list at Wilson's recommendation R F Capon and H L MenckenI especially appreciate the lists he provides If you read nothing else from each author providing a great reading list that could keep an avid reader occupied for many a happy hour A fun reference book Appreciated that each chapter wasn't just a list of books from the respective author and that it instead focused on a distinctive from the author Gleaned some things I didn't expect to the importance of metaphor and food as fellowship are two examples so such things PG Wodehouse and H L Mencken If this were Jeopardy you would get some for offering the answer in the form of Who are two authors that Josh is now reading as a direct result of Doug Wilson's Writers to Read? Wilson covers nine influential authors in only the way that Doug Wilson can My choices to adoringly invest time into Tolkien Chesterton Lewis and Robinson were all reaffirmed And I learned about each of them as well My curiosity about the works of TS Eliot was fanned and I was surprised at how convinced I was that ND Wilson might end up one day in serious conversations about the great authors of the 20th centuryThe greatest impact of this work was in regards to the new names Wodehouse Mencken and Capon were all foreign to me I had read none and heard of none at least to the point I could remember Wilson uickly convinced me that time with Wodehouse and Mencken would yield an exceptional return As far as it concerns Capon I remain unconvinced that I could or would want to make it through a volume of his But I'll make a deal As soon as I exhaust the works of Tolkien Lewis Chesterton Robinson Eliot Wilson Mencken and Wodehouse then I will take the time and make the effort to dive into something by Caponmaybe This is a great book I always love how Wilson writes even if I don't agree withor care about what he is writing It is a special treat when the how and the what are both excellent and combine to give me such an edifying and enjoyable reading experience Writers to Read provided me with just that experienceI received a copy of this book from Crossway in exchange for an honest review Wilson is a writer par excellence So when he suggests books you know you want to read them The only thing that did baffle me is the inclusion of his son in this list I’m not saying he’s not a good writer he certainly is I’m just saying that the tone in the book shifted majorly in the final chapter addressing the work of Nate More than this if there were nine writers to read and one of them primarily wrote children’s fiction there are many authors I could think of before Nate This said I think I’d do the same thing if I had a done who was as good a writer as himNevertheless this book is still a wonderful primer on the literary style biography and substance of each writer and a book all should read to begin the yearThanks Doug I don't understand the love for this book it's not even worth the pages it is printed on The writer is a sarcastic and biting human that doesn't bring much appealing to Christianity He's a shill for his school and son in a gross manner If you want to read the authors he promotes great Don't waste your time with his poor writing and his ascerbic style He states near the end of the book that it's time for you to get to reading the other authors Save the effort and time and skip this book Follow his advice from the start 9 Names that Belong on Your BookshelfIn a life time of reading we make friends with a variety of authors usually total strangers to us in real life but nonetheless known and beloved because we have come to know them intimately through their books In Writers to Read Douglas Wilson invites his readers into the circle of friends he has formed with nine favorite writers whose dates straddle the twentieth century whose nomenclature leans toward the use of initials whose faith commitments are all over the ecclesiological map but whose writing and thinking are sure to be as iron sharpening iron — the best sort of friendshipWhat sets these writers apart and makes them worthy of space on our crowded bookshelves? In Douglas Wilson’s delightful enneadic biography and book review five resounding reasons surfaced1 Their gift of seeing — GK Chesterton was a master of paradox who had a “way of turning everything upside down so that we might be able to see it right side up” Robert Farrar RF Capon was able to portray grace in his writing to display the inexhaustible gift of God that cannot be overdone although he tried but his real gift was in writing about food observing what “went on the table and what went into getting it there”2 Their artistic imagination — ND Wilson happens to be Douglas’s son a fiction and fantasy writer and a creator of villains and plots involving great danger He and Chesterton agree that stories with intense plots do not teach children to be afraid “They have dragons under the bed already They had the fear already The stories actually teach children that dragons can be killed” I still need to be reminded of that and applaud a writer who can bring them into being on the page One of my favorite authors Marilynne Robinson is also on Douglas Wilson’s list rendered MS Robinson for his purposes and her ability to create a world and to populate it with believable characters is unrivaled When I read Gilead for the first time I found myself checking and re checking the back cover author bio to assure myself that the book truly had not been penned by an elderly parson writing his son’s “begats” in the twilight of his life3 Their use of metaphor — PG Wodehouse is first on my list of untried authors from Douglas’s recommendations and I can hardly wait to dive in because apparently “the metaphors and similes found in the work of Wodehouse cause the reader even if alone to laugh like a hyena with a bone caught in his throat;” and since we’re on the topic that uote is evidence that Douglas Wilson is also no slouch in the creation of similesIt will surprise no one to find that TS Eliot is also on this list of nine with his “streets that follow like a tedious argument” and his description of fever singing “in metal wires” Wilson’s most encouraging and heartening contribution regarding Eliot came from Thomas Howard who explained Eliot’s “habit of treating us as though we know as much as he did” This is a great relief to me4 Their distinctive voice — The only atheist on Douglas’s list HL Mencken came across as the skeptical cynic in his writing but with a deep vein of kindness and an ability to convey fascination Too having read out loud four and a half we bailed out on The Silmarillion of JRR Tolkien’s books his love for language and his lyrical depiction of camaraderie and adventure are magical All who have been drawn into the warmth of The Fellowship will enjoy Douglas Wilson’s analysis of the uniueness of Tolkien’s fictional world5 Their ability to be both fun and good for you — In all feigned humility I must call attention to the remarkable restraint that I have exercised to this point in not including CS Lewis in any or all of the previous categories but perhaps this final uality summarizes him best and touches all the others as well Douglas Wilson helps us to see that the “mainspring” of this ability in Lewis is “the idea of aching after joy” As a romantic rationalist he fused logical reasoning with glorious imagination that turned every description and dialogue in his work into a feast for the heart and for the mind Who doesn’t love a talking beaver with great theology?Although the biographical information provided in Writers to Read is informative and includes a thorough probing of influences and motivations which set the stage for digging deeper into the authors’ works it is the final section of each chapter that presents the not to be missed material “If You Read Nothing Else” points out a short selection of titles from each author narrowing down the dizzying list of great books to manageable proportions Douglas Wilson goes one step further in his Afterword with his “you can do it” encouragement to become acuainted with his nine friends As a book blogger I love reading about books and authors and I make an effort to read as much and as broadly as I’m able but few have made it into such an entertaining journeyThis book was provided by Crossway in exchange for my review I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” This is a book from a writer who reads good writers The 9 authors Wilson mentions are prolific in their field Some I have read others are future new reads but with each author comes a thorough reason why they should be read as if their writing didn't speak for itself Particularly fascinating portions for me were the Lewis and Chesterton sections

Writers to Read PDF/EPUB Î Writers to  PDF \
  • Paperback
  • 168 pages
  • Writers to Read
  • Douglas Wilson
  • English
  • 08 January 2015
  • 9781433545832