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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
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"If every literate person in the United States read this book, the result could dramatically transform our society. . . . Written with modesty, keen insight, and grace, Marilyn McEntyres Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies proposes a revolution of human expression that would bring precision, honesty, and felicity to the spoken and written discourse of contemporary culture.
McEntyre begins by inviting readers to recognize the forces that affect language in America culture. She examines the many ways in which commercial and political special interests have co-opted and expropriated language, leading to widely tolerated forms of deception and spin. She then offers twelve strategies of stewardship for those concerned with preserving the vitality and precision of the spoken and written word. These strategies include reflections on the complexities of truth telling, the importance of challenging lies, the art of conversation, and the importance of playfulness.
Drawing on a wide range of sources both critical and literary Caring for the Word is addressed not solely to academics or professionals, but to all thoughtful users of language in an attempt to remind them of its essential character as a gift and a calling.
"Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre's book on the stewardship of language, is a wonderfully composed treatise. . . If you wonder whether caring for words is worth the effort, consider McEntye's reasoning to a young student: 'Language is the basic tool for preserving civilization. It seems useful to understand as much as we can about how it works since it's arguably one of the most potent forms of power that society has produced that and the atom-splitter.'"
MotherBaby NurseHoffman Estates, ILAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This book inspires & promotes attention to words.June 6, 2013MotherBaby NurseHoffman Estates, ILAge: 55-65Gender: femaleMarilyn C. McEntyre fears that we are in danger of losing the depth of language as we text, tweet and rely on soundbites. Throughout the book the she refers to the Bible, classic books and poetry, sketching the idea of ingesting words. Her book was a meal with many courses for me.
I had to read slowly, soaking in the wisdom of an English professor who has a love of language. I learned something about poetry and the value of poetic thought. Poets cherish words. McEntyre explains the good use of words, calling it reclamation. She writes: "Everyone who writes with care, who treats words with respect and allows even the humblest its historical and grammatical dignity, participates in the exhilarating work of reclamation."
I will read the chapter on poetry again.
The last chapter offers reflections on silence. McEntyre writes: "Silence is to words what water is to the body and to the earth. Words, like food, nourish and support life in ways that reach beyond metaphor to solid fact. But it is in our silences that digestive and regenerative processes can take place."
This book encourages reading and attentiveness to words. I feel blessed that I grew up in a home where we read the Bible together and visited the library regularly. Now reading books with the grandchildren gives me joy. We should take every opportunity to assist the next generation to value the Bible and good books.