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“It feels like a miracle. The Lost Tools of Writing has my undying affection!”
“The CiRCE Apprenticeship has been a deeply formative experience . . . I have grown in my ability as a teacher and am learning how to truly love my students.”
by Joshua Gibbs
With a foreword by Karen Swallow Prior.
Presented at the CiRCE Spring Regional Conference 2022.
C.S. Lewis’s famous introduction to On the Incarnation of Christ offers a brilliant apologetic for reading old books. We’ll explore reading great books as an act of hospitality-training. Through hospitality we learn to listen well to others; we practice articulating our own beliefs in contrast to their “strange” ideas; we are forced to reckon with unexamined perceptions and prejudices that become embedded in our thinking simply by living in our cultural spaces. Reading old books functions as a spiritual discipline, developing the muscles necessary for our children to love others well and become winsome witnesses to those who are searching for truth.