We asked some of our favorite novelists and poets to tell us about three recent works of fiction that speak to them in a deep way.
Morrison examines how Western authors define their culture by estranging others.
If O'Connor's stories are shocking, that's only because the gospel is, too.
Like a lot of my preacher friends, I typically read nonfiction, theology, and fiction classics. So, it was a little different for me to delve into the world of hot-off-the-press page-turners. I did it for a year. This is what I learned.
Reading fiction has done more to baptize my imagination, inform my faith and strengthen my courage than any prayer technique has.
The title of Nathaniel Philbrick’s slim new meditation foregrounds the questions at the heart of every assignment made by every English teacher: Why read this book? Or that book? For that matter, why do we assign reading in the first place?