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Reading for the Love of God: How to Read as a Spiritual Practice
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Reading for the Love of God: How to Read as a Spiritual Practice Hardcover - 2023

by Jessica Hooten Wilson


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What if we viewed reading as not just a personal hobby or a pleasurable indulgence but a spiritual practice that deepens our faith?

In Reading for the Love of God, award-winning author Jessica Hooten Wilson does just that--and then shows readers how to reap the spiritual benefits of reading. She argues that the simple act of reading can help us learn to pray well, love our neighbor, be contemplative, practice humility, and disentangle ourselves from contemporary idols.

Accessible and engaging, this guide outlines several ways Christian thinkers--including Augustine, Julian of Norwich, Frederick Douglass, and Dorothy L. Sayers--approached the act of reading. It also includes useful special features such as suggested reading lists, guided practices to approaching texts, and tips for meditating on specific texts or Bible passages. By learning to read for the love of God, readers will discover not only a renewed love of reading but also a new, vital spiritual practice to deepen their walk with God.

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"Makes the case for reading as a means of transformation"

What if we viewed reading as not just a personal hobby or a pleasurable indulgence but a spiritual practice that deepens our faith?

In Reading for the Love of God, award-winning author Jessica Hooten Wilson shows us how to reap the spiritual benefits of reading. She argues that the simple act of reading can help us learn to pray well, love our neighbor, be contemplative, practice humility, and disentangle ourselves from contemporary idols.

"In her deft and beautiful way, Jessica Hooten Wilson crafts a theology of reading for Christians who have forgotten why it matters. She challenges us to take up and read--not only because it teaches about the faith of our past but because it makes our faith stronger for the present too. Get this book to learn, to grow, and to be inspired."
--Beth Allison Barr, professor, Baylor University; bestselling author of The Making of Biblical Womanhood

"Hooten Wilson makes the case for reading as a means of transformation into Christlikeness. Her own meditations on the theology, spirituality, and ethics of reading are punctuated with studies of great Christian readers, male and female, down through the ages, which adds a rich layer of historical insight to her own brilliant reflections. This book is profound and practical at once. As St. Augustine would say, tolle lege (take and read)!"
--Tish Harrison Warren, Anglican priest and author of Liturgy of the Ordinary and Prayer in the Night

"We are what we read. Yet, it is not only what we read but also how we read and to what ends. Hooten Wilson wonderfully demonstrates that reading is not only an art but also, most importantly, a transcendent calling, mission, and vocation."
--Gloria Purvis, host and executive producer of The Gloria Purvis Podcast

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  • Title Reading for the Love of God: How to Read as a Spiritual Practice
  • Author Jessica Hooten Wilson
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Pages 208
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Brazos Press
  • Date 2023-03-28
  • Features Bibliography, Dust Cover
  • ISBN 9781587435256 / 158743525X
  • Weight 0.79 lbs (0.36 kg)
  • Dimensions 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.9 in (21.59 x 14.48 x 2.29 cm)
  • Themes
    • Religious Orientation: Christian
  • Library of Congress subjects Spiritual life - Christianity, Contemplation
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2022037483
  • Dewey Decimal Code 248.4

About the author

Jessica Hooten Wilson (PhD, Baylor University) is the inaugural Visiting Scholar of Liberal Arts at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She previously taught at the University of Dallas. Wilson is the author of The Scandal of Holiness, Giving the Devil His Due: Demonic Authority in the Fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Fyodor Dostoevsky (winner of a 2018 Christianity Today Book of the Year Award), and two books on Walker Percy. She speaks around the world on topics as varied as Russian novelists, Catholic thinkers, and Christian ways of reading.
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