Is it no wonder that so often the movie
version is no match for our imaginative reading of the book? That’s
a reflection of the mysterious exchange between reader and author, between
ourselves and that which lies beneath. It's not about a monologue any
Ralph Waldo Emerson in essence said it would be horrible if reading
books converted us to mere "bookworms." As difficult and nerve-wracking
as creative thinking is, reading well is about becoming inspired, as
Emerson said, to be "active souls."
Reading can be a valuable discipline that can attend to the formation
of our character. Whether the source is a spiritual classic, a popular
novel or a cartoon, reading can challenge our “cherished”
yet limited beliefs that have not been reflected upon, and focus our
otherwise cluttered minds and hearts. Reading can inspire us to value
what’s truly valuable, to act when we would otherwise be merely
idle. As our editor Arthur Paul Patterson has commented, “Literature
offers us a form of mentorship and guidance; to read literature well
is to interpret our lives.” Indeed, whether we’re on the
beach or not, where would we be without reading?
Join Watershed Online’s Spring 2002 edition as we reflect on various
aspects of “reading for life.” In return, offer your own
responses and experiences of reading on our messageboards.
We’d be glad to hear from you!
• A wonderful proposal from Arthur Paul Patterson for a book entitled
Beauty of the
Beast offers us a window into human development through
meditating on horror literature.
• University of Waterloo professor Joseph Gold offers some thoughts
on how reading can restore us to ourselves in his excerpt, On
• In Encountering
the Horror and the Holy Arthur Paul Patterson examines
the balance between the constrictive and expansive effects of horror.
• Linda Tiessen Wiebe in Chew
It Slowly tells how reading can develop an inner voice.
• Cal Wiebe explores reading’s impact on the imagination
in a review of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy The
Lord of the Rings.
• Bev Patterson untangles
the mystery behind the Winnipeg mystery bookstore, Whodunit.
• Glenn Morison shares insights into spirituality revealed in
the movie Smoke
• In Speaking
From the Heart, Lorna Derksen reviews Frederick Buechner’s
invitation to vulnerability.
• Joel Penner reviews Tolkien’s classic The
• Erik Berg explores a fantasy tale in Staying
True: A Review of Forgotten Realms: Homeland.
• A few local Watershed members have written about their personal
relationships with reading. Lydia Penner shares her thoughts in Book
Reflections, Cal Wiebe shares about his encounter with
books in For
the Love of Reading, and Lyle Penner offers his musings
• Reading connects us with ourselves and other people. Check out
Resources to help you read better.