Recovering the Lost Art of Reading

Have you picked up a book, settled into your favorite comfy spot, and started to read–only to find yourself less able to focus and more easily distracted than you used to be? You’re not alone. Many adults are discovering a problem with their reading abilities.

It’s a problem Leland Ryken and I explore in Recovering the Lost Art of Reading: A Quest for the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, now released by Crossway. Our book explores the problem, provides rationale and suggestions for reading various literature genres, and encourages readers with practical strategies.

This collaboration was an amazing experience. Dr. Ryken’s fifty years of expertise in the academic field and my longtime freelance writing experience contribute to a unique work with a comprehensive scope and popular presentation. He and I are both seasoned readers who function as cheerleaders to encourage artful reading in the literary quest for the true, the good, and the beautiful.

In addition to buying directly from Crossway, the book can be ordered from these and other online sites: Amazon,, Lifeway, Christian Book Store, Target, Barnes & Noble, and It is also available from

Thanks for reading!


4 thoughts on “Recovering the Lost Art of Reading

  1. There seems a bit of irony here in that this is a book based on the premise that reading is a lost art. So, who’s going to read it but people who already read books? Perhaps an audio book will follow…

    1. Thanks for commenting, Abi. You’re right! A definite irony exists in writing about recovering in the form of a book, which requires reading. An audio book may eventually be available, but our aim is to encourage each unique individual by providing motivation and suggestions for reading well. We hope every reader, from the accomplished to the struggling, will discover the joy of reading artfully.

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