February 25, 2010
The topic is compulsive. Last August I did a blog on “I Read It.” There I confessed that I am a “completist.”
This morning Joe Carter, at the First Thoughts blog at First Things , drew my attention to two pieces in the Guardian.
Read it all. Or however much you are wired to read.
February 15, 2010
But Does He Practice What He Writes?
Publishers and readers sometimes fret over whether authors practice what they teach or preach. In reading James Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, his account of a 1773 trip with Samuel Johnson to the Hebrides of Scotland, I came across a passage in which Johnson addresses this topic.
One evening at supper, Johnson and Boswell and their host fell to discussing books and their authors and the potential lack of congruence between an author’s life and an author’s book:Continue reading "But Does He Practice What He Writes?"
Posted by Dan Reid at 12:41 PM
August 20, 2009
"I Read It"
Lately on a local radio station I’ve been hearing an ad for a course that will increase your reading speed and comprehension by tenfold or better. I was reminded of the Evelyn Wood program that was popular when I was a college student. I never took it but I had friends who did. This led me to think about what we mean when we say, “I read that book”?Continue reading ""I Read It""
February 9, 2009
The Reformed Love Books
We have just published Herman J. Selderhuis’s John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life. This is an interesting biography that draws on Calvin’s own writings. I started into it and came across the following bookish paragraph. It’s 1534 and the young Calvin has found the opportunity to immerse himself in the Bible and patristics in the “quiet nest” of the library of the du Tillet family in the castle at Angouleme. Selderhuis comments:Continue reading "The Reformed Love Books"
Posted by Dan Reid at 8:46 AM
January 9, 2009
That Old Bookcase Backdrop
Pastors do it.
Yes, I've done it too. But it’s a visual cliché, folks. Let’s not get our professional or “author” photo taken against the backdrop of shelved books. Just today, trying to find some info on an author, I once again visited a church website (it could have been an academic site). There it was again. Everyone’s posing in front of bookshelves. (Among pastors, this is particularly endemic among Presbyterians, or at least those who aspire to the “learned ministry.”)Continue reading "That Old Bookcase Backdrop"
December 9, 2008
Free Shipping from IVP!
A couple of weeks ago I paid good money to ship a box of books home from the SBL convention in Boston. But now, for a limited time, you can get free shipping on your Christmas purchases from IVP Academic. Until Monday, December 15, we are matching Amazon.com with free shipping on orders of $25 or more. The offer is good
When I get a chance, I intend to blog on what was in that box of books.
Posted by Dan Reid at 10:55 AM
October 21, 2008
Dear Preface Readers
I always read a book’s preface. In fact, I’ll wager a copyright page that if you are reading this blog, you too are a preface reader. After all, if you are taking the time to read an editor’s blog (how geeky is that?), you’ve got to be a preface reader!
But my gentle preface readers, I’ve occasionally run into people who proclaim that they never, or hardly ever, read a preface.Continue reading "Dear Preface Readers"