2013 - Classics, VOLUME 6

Writers on the Classics Series [Recap]

Since it is Holy Week this week, we are taking a break from our regular Writers on the Classics column.

As we take a sort of Spring Break, we thought it would be a good time to recap the series to date.  Be sure to check out any of the posts you might have missed!

In 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.

We’ve asked a number of noted writers to pick the classics that they often return to, and we will be running these lists as a weekly feature on our website through 2013.

Here are the twelve posts in the series so far:

 Writers on the Classics

Shane Claiborne
The Irresistible Revolution


Karen Swallow Prior
Author, BOOKED

Scott Russell Sanders


Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Author / New Monastic


Ragan Sutterfield
Author / Agrarian


Chris Smith
ERB Editor


Carol Howard Merritt
Author, Reframing Hope


John Wilson
Books and Culture

Doug Worgul
Thin Blue Smoke


Amy Frykholm
The Christian Century


Jen Pollock Michel

Redbud Writers Guild


Rachel Marie Stone

Author of Eat With Joy

We’ll be back next week, with a new post in this Writers on the Classics Series!


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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