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T.S. Eliot asserts, "Wide reading...is valuable because in the process of being affected by one powerful personality after another, we cease to be dominated by anyone, or by any small number."

In addition, theologian Michael S. Horton notes, "Those who do not care to read secular books will be impoverished and will be susceptible to subtle and indirect seduction, while those who do not carefully study Scripture will lose their only plumb line for judging truth from error, belief from unbelief, right from wrong."

Recognizing the truth inherent in Eliot's and Horton's perspectives and recognizing that great writing stems from reading great writing, the CU Writing Center encourages the CU campus to read a book of literature a month.

And it won't just be novels. We'll throw in poetry, nonfiction, and plays, too.

Books to make you think. Books that are beautifully written. Books that may, or may not, be "Christian." Books whose styles and ideas will trickle through the veins of your minds, through your fingers, and into your own words.

You must read to write (well).

2017-18 Read-to-Write Books

October

Silence
by Endo Shusaku
Winner of the Tanizaki Prize

November

The Great Divorce
by C.S. Lewis

December

American Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang
Winner Eisner Award for Graphic Album

January

A Good Man Is Hard to Find and other Stories
by Flannery O’Connor

February (Black History Month)

A Gathering of Old Men
by Ernest J. Gaines

March

In the Pond
by Ha Jin

April

Where in the World Is the Church: A Christian View of Culture and Your Role in It
by Michael S. Horton

As always, the writing center will give out five FREE copies of these books each month to the first five students who come and meet with tutors and ask for one!