Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Why worry about words?

McEntyre wants us to be "good stewards of language" and to "retrieve words. . . and to reinvigorate them for use as bearers of truth and as instruments of love."

In order to do this, she says we must do three things:
  1. deepen and sharpen our reading skills
  2. cultivate habits of speaking and listening that foster precision and clarity
  3. practice poesis - to be makers and doers of the word
(I don't even really know what poesis is, though I suppose it has something to do with poetry!)

Each chapter is about a way we can be good stewards of language. 

This book is about language, which is not the same as reading a good story.  So I'll have two books going at the same time for a while.  It's not the first time. 


  1. what's the other book you're reading?

  2. All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot. I love James Herriot.

  3. I almost always have two books going at once--one fiction and one nonfiction. Right now I'm reading Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry and I just today finished Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engle. Good books, both of them. :)