Have you ever had a friend who only wanted to study the bible and nothing else? Maybe you didn’t. But if you knew someone who only wanted to study the bible and nothing else, what would you do? Perhaps you can get the person to read this book!
Why so? Because God has given us the bible and also a vast array of literature, to allow us to see how creative and how beautiful language is. Clifford Foreman wants the readers to see how God has given us literature and how we ought to appreciate it. Foreman very helpfully teaches us not to shun away from “non-christian” literature or accept them uncritically. Instead he wants us to know how to understand literature well, furthermore to use this knowledge to sharpen the way we read and understand the bible.
Foreman in this little book helps show how beautiful literature is to the readers by analysing some literary works and showing forth their depth and meaning. Foreman also tackles the issue any freshman might face in an academic setting, wanting to look sophisticated, that is, they might want to use a more difficult word than the occasion calls for. That Foreman says is not the true a mark of scholarship, rather scholarship aims to make complex or difficult works clear to the readers. Lastly, Foreman using what has been covered in the study of literature and examines the bible through that lens.
I found the book very readable, though I must say that I was not that quick to catch on to what the author was trying to show in this booklet. However, I must say that Foreman has written a short booklet that every literature major should give it a read sometime in their studies (preferably before or shortly after they began). If you are interested to have a really short primer on literature, this is a good book to start with. I’m sure you will go away having a clearer idea about the value of literature in your student life.
Rating : 3.75 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review