Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture - eBook  -     By: Larry Woiwode
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Crossway Books & Bibles / 2011 / ePub

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Woiwode, an award-winning Christian author and the poet laureate of North Dakota, ruminates on the translation of Scripture; the place of religion in education; how Updike's fiction is indebted to the theology of Kierkegaard and Barth; the difference between news as delivered by CNN and Bob Dylan, and other culture-makers. His essays offer a collection of insightful and provocative commentaries on literature and American culture.

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781433527432
ISBN-13: 9781433527432
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Publisher's Description

Larry Woiwode frames this new collection of essays in the language of the incarnation, the event that shows "how a metaphor of words could contain the lineaments and inner workings of a human being." The essays that follow do just that. Through the medium of literary analysis, cultural reflection, and personal memory, they trace Woiwode’s work and thought as well as that of the vivid human beings he depicts.  

These essays, all revised and reworked since their original publication, include reflections on Scripture translation, the place of religion in education, how John Updike’s work reflects the theology of Søren Kierkegaard and Karl Barth, and the difference between the news as delivered by CNN and Bob Dylan. Woiwode ranges over these topics with deliberate thoughtfulness, a Christian engaged with the wounds and gifts of the world. He also does so with the care of a writer for whom "the Word is home." The shape of that Word sets the pattern for what he has written here: not "a set of rules to regulate social behavior," but "an ordering of stories . . . with glimpses into character."  

Publisher's Weekly

In these newly revised essays, award-winning author Woiwode (What I Think I Did) journeys through topics near and dear to his heart: home and place, Shakespeare and Updike, Bob Dylan and CNN. He illuminates his essays with a Christian perspective, which argues that as we become culturally disconnected from our scriptural heritage, "the verve and excitement of discovery" evaporates from language. Woiwode works to infuse life back into words, finding the sacred in Updike's conviction that the truth can't shock God, in the stricken eyes of a dying deer. Woiwode believes in the incarnational value of story, and his essays, filled with recollections, offer the enjoyment of eavesdropping on the conversations of a man who has lived richly for the past 50 years. Readers might wish for more than a scant five pages on Reynolds Price, fewer on Updike, but the essays on Wendell Berry, on Woiwode's North Dakota home, and on Shakespeare satisfy without overdoing. Despite some unevenness, Woiwode's skill with and love of both words and the Word infuse these pages. (July) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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