5 Stars Out Of 5
This book inspires & promotes attention to words.
June 6, 2013
Hoffman Estates, IL
Marilyn 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.