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while fancinating this is not something to turn your mind off with, so it is going to take me a while Wendell Berry is a great author and a great thinker These two guys are not, in my opinion They took what is clear in Berry and buried it in obscure, obtuse academic prose They have sentences that do not end, and quite frankly, don t really MEAN anything They ramble indefinitely, quickly shifting from public sexuality what does that mean anyway to rootlessness to home economics to Super Wal Mart.Instead of reading this book, spend sometime reading Wendell Berry himself Don t worry You ll be able to figure it out You re a smart person And if you can t, well, whose fault is that anyway [Download Ebook] ⚖ Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life: A Readers Guide ♖ Wendell Berry S Poetry, Fiction, And Essays Persistently Ask The Question How Can We Live Meaningful Lives In A Consumer Driven, Fragmented Age His Honest Search For Health In The Midst Of Disease Has Garnered Attention And Discussion In Both Conservative And Progressive Circles Wendell Berry And The Cultivation Of Life Thoroughly Examines Berry S Main Themes Of Community, Place, And Conservation It Offers An Apology For The Power Of Berry S Vision And The Ways In Which His Account Of The World Resonates With The Biblical Narrative Pastors, Students, Professors, And Laity Will Discover In This Book How To Flesh Out Berry S Worldview And Foster A Culture Of Life In Their Neighborhoods, Churches, And Schools This book creates something of a paradox in that attempts to systematize Wendell Berry s diverse and certainly non systematic writing into something of a coherent whole Thankfully, the authors admit the futility of this project and don t therefore insist on some machine like system by which we can interpret the essayist poet novelist Rather, the authors settle on a broad theme of Berry s work within which they then seek to investigate a variety of paths coming off of that initial theme.The broad theme involves living life together in local communities From that basic starting point, the authors take a closer look at Berry s critique of the modern, abstractionist world the elements in Berry s work that make up real, healthy communities the practices that individuals help to lead away from disease and toward health and the way institutions like churches and schools can function within Berry s vision of healthy communities.The authors were largely successful in their task, even if sometimes the prose seems a bit wordy or unclear I couldn t help but wonder if the fact that the book had multiple authors contributed to a few hiccups along those lines That minor point aside, what I most appreciated about the book is that it drove me back toward Berry s work And I think I ll be able to do that with a better understanding of Berry s broader concerns, thanks to this volume. This was my second reading of this commentary on the writings of Wendell Berry I appreciate the authors connection of Berry s triad of health disease healing with the Biblical drama of creation fall redemption Berry recognizes and acknowledges both human finitude and fallenness ignorance. The authors assess Berry s patchwork of ideas and derive acomprehensive worldview based not on nostalgia but locality and hospitality Sometimes their analysis reaches a bit too far, but I would recommend this book for Christians seeking holistic reflection on the importance of communities A good follow up to The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. This just arrived on inter library loan and looks to be really good Wendell Berry has not written anything like a definitive statement of his thought and this book looks to do that for him in a way Laura and Nik, perhaps this would be a good book to recommend to your friends Good night. This is the book that made me want to read Wendell Berry I read this because Michael Stevens is a close friend of mine Now, so is Wendell Berry, in a way. I really wanted to like this book, but it needlessly made Wendell Berrycomplex with academic ese Favorite line What Berry calls for in his essays, longs for in his poems, and embodies profoundly in his fiction is the possibility of membership for every person 197 So read Wendell Berry Thankfully, this book does not depend on the reader being familiar with WB s entire catalog Having read some of his non fic, and none of his fic, this guide is a great overview of WB s main themes and undercurrents running throughout all of his writings While not as impactful as reading WB s stuff straight, this helps pull threads together and the author s do a bit of extrapolating into their personal contexts Christian university profs in GRMI The extrapolations hit home for me as a Christian and someone invested and interested in higher education Those are not places that Berry himself focuses on exclusively, but the ideas of place and membership are incredibly relevant for both church and university today Others might not have as much interest as I do in those topics, but I appreciated that these felt like natural points of connections to WB s agricultural and cultural leanings I did have a bit of interesting meta thought while reading this I found out before reading that the authors are professors at Cornerstone, which I understand to be a private school with conservative evangelical leanings I had the thought oh, these must be like the liberal guys at Cornerstone because they like WB, care about the environment, and seem to be communally minded After a few minutes I realized this was ridiculous why do they have to be liberal for us to share a similar ethic and favorite author It was a good moment for me to realize how easily I fall into those lines of like me good, not like me bad The important thing is that I agree with the authors on the importance of place, of membership to a community, and of connection And we agree on those things, no matter our politics or faith.