"You Gotta Be the Book": Teaching Engaged and Reflective Reading With Adolescents by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Had some interesting ideas concerning teaching strategies for increasing students' interest and comprehension of reading. Has a few too many anecdotes for my tastes, but if you can push through all the stories about Ron and Marvin and whoever there are some insights to be gleaned from the spaces in between the stories.
An Open Life: Joseph Campbell in Conversation with Michael Toms by Joseph Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This "book" was extremely interesting to me. It was really more of an interview transcript, but the ideas presented by Campbell and Toms, to a lesser degree, were very thought provoking. I'm fairly certain that most of these ideas have probably been presented in previous texts, but they were new to me, and presented in a very accessible, conversational way. The thoughts on the similarities between world religions and the underlying themes that stretch between them are very affirming to some of the beliefs I've long held but been unable to pinpoint. I highly recommend this short book to anyone interested in religious and literature studies.
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