Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture

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Crossway, 2011 - Social Science - 191 pages
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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 Sren 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."


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Engaging collection of essays from a fine writer. - Goodreads
Brilliant writing in essay form. - Goodreads
Collection of essays by a great writer. - Goodreads

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Engaging collection of essays from a fine writer. Woiwode tackles guns, Wendell Berry, education, and literature, among other things. I found the first several essays paled in comparison to the later ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jon Anderson - Goodreads

Collection of essays by a great writer. The writing overall is superb but the content is uneven. Hard to determine why these particular essays were included in this volume. Essays on John Updike, Wendell Berry, and Shakespeare stand out. Read full review


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LARRY WOIWODE is the recipient of numerous literary honors for his novels, short stories, essays, memoirs, and poetry. His work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Books & Culture, and The Atlantic. He is the Poet Laureate of North Dakota and is Writer in Residence at Jamestown College.

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