Learning With, and Loving, Literature

Published by Rebecca Gilleland on 31st Aug 2023

Have you ever been transported to another world through the pages of a book? Have you felt a profound connection to characters who, despite being nothing more than fiction, felt like friends? Living books hold a magic that captivates our minds and hearts, inviting us to explore, learn, and grow.

In this article, we delve into the captivating journey of learning with - and loving - literature, uncovering how reading has the power to shape our lives.

Sisters reading great literature       

The Art of Choosing Good Literature

At Progeny Press, we believe that a good piece of literature is more than just ink on paper. It's a gateway to an adventure that engages our imagination, ignites our empathy, and challenges our understanding of the world. How do we recognize a book worth delving into?

Read on to find our expert's top tips:   

Is it a classic with a riveting story and well-developed characters?
A great story, whether it's full of excitement or carries a quiet elegance, is characterized by its richness and depth. It draws us in and makes us care deeply about the characters as if they were our own companions. These characters come alive through dynamic personalities, enriching our reading experience.

Does the author lead the story to a satisfying conclusion?
A satisfying conclusion isn't always about happiness; it's about feeling content with how the narrative unfolds. It's recognizing the sacrifices, bravery, justice, or joy that flow through the final pages, leaving a lasting impact.

Is the line between good and evil clearly defined?
In the realm of good literature, evil is not glorified; instead, it's confronted and its consequences are showcased. Characters strive for what's right, aiming for honor, happiness, love, and justice.

Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."

Unveiling the Lessons in Literature

Like a mirror to real life, literature not only entertains but acts as a teacher, inviting us to explore the human condition, grapple with moral dilemmas, and experience the spectrum of human emotions in a way that enriches our understanding of the world and our place within it.

Read on to see what lessons reading good literature can teach us:

Mom teaching her son as they read a great book

Strengthening Writing Skills Through Reading:
The more we read, the better writers we become. By exposing ourselves to well-crafted prose, our inner ear learns to recognize effective writing techniques. Our guides dissect these techniques, allowing students to absorb the nuances of imagery, mood, and reaction.

Broadening Horizons and Building Knowledge:
Reading takes us on journeys to places and times we might never encounter otherwise. Historical fiction, for instance, transports us to eras that shape our understanding of the world. Learning from the past equips us with tools to navigate life's challenges.

Preparing for Life's Complexities:
As we read about characters facing adversity, we gain insights into navigating difficult situations. Progeny Press uses literature to address complex issues within a safe environment.

"Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage." - C.S. Lewis