How to Read Slowly
Established in 1968, the Wheaton Literary Series provides insightful books for the thoughtful reader, inspiring imagination, and reflection. These beautifully produced volumes feature prose and poetry of high literary, academic, and artistic merit, written by and about Christian artists of significant stature.
ebook, 192 pages
Published November 24th 2010 by Shaw Books
(first published 1978)
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May 27, 2009 Jacob Self rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
In the vein of Mortimer Adler's "How to Read a Book," world view expert and professor of English and literature, James Sire has written an engaging and practical book on reading comprehension. The title is somewhat of a misnomer since the book has nothing to do with the actual speed of reading but rather the process of comprehending what we read. He covers the genres of non-fiction, poetry, and fiction with especially helpful advice on how to read them. The last chapters are dedicated to the di...more
I love this book! What's not to love in a book about reading? The authour's purpose is to help us read better for greater comprehension. He says "Our goal in reading carefully is not only to understand what is being said explicitly but to see why it is being said. We want to learn to recognize the world views of writers and speakers, and thus to know what their basic assumptions about life really are. It will help us decide what kind of attention to pay to their comments or proposals no matter h...more
I read this book before I went to college. I don't know how this book ended up on my bookshelf, but there is was and one day I opened it up and wow, my mind just opened up! Sire divides writing by how to read non-fiction, fiction, poetry, etc., all with a Christian mindset. It prepared me to understand how to read all kinds of writing.
Previewing this for dd before she tackles a David Quine worldview study for 7-8th grade. I am somewhat intimidated at the beginning...If I am having trouble with this, how will my 12 yo do? Yet Sire's point is that good readers often re-read things, and wrestling with a piece of writing is part of the experience, not a sign of instant failure. As a Christian I tend to get depressed reading too much worldview stuff. I recognize the world's rebellion against God and I prefer not to drown myself in...more
This is an excellent book on learning to read! His focus is not just on reading comprehension but reading with a worldview framework, that is, reading to understand what the author is trying to say not just what we think he is saying. His examples are solid and easy to follow. This book will increase your reading comprehension ten fold!
One to read again! Along with "The Universe Next Door", this book has helped me to begin to read and understand different perspectives. Like Adler's "How to read a book", it offers the reader insight into reading for understanding and not just information or pleasure (although both result).
An excellent introduction to critical reading. Clear, concise, well written. The chapter on poetry is indispensable if you want to get the best out of a poem. Reads like a novel, too. If you like books about books, definitely go and get it.
Apr 29, 2011 Abigail rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone
Short, well written, very thoughtful. Highly recommended if one wants to learn how to read with understanding the various forms of writing (fiction, non-fiction, poetry) or analyze a book for its worldview. Everyone should read this book.