Posted on Thursday, January 25th, 2007 at 9:53 pm under Nonfiction

Title: The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class
Author: Kidder and Oppenheim
Genre: Nonfiction

Why I liked this book: I wish I read more non-fiction, but it’s hard to find truly readable and gripping non-fiction. So I read less than I wish I did, and I have a hard time motivating myself to read more.

One page a night, though… that I can do, even on my longest, tiredest days. The Intellectual Devotional offers up one page on a different topic each day, with pithy and concise encyclopedia-style entries in seven different areas (one for each day of the week): history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts, and music.

Because the entries are short, and written with a quiet bit of humor here and there, and some really entertaining footnotes, they’re easy to read, reflect on, and really pay attention to. Of course, because the entries are short, they’re far from comprehensive. But I’m enjoying this — I know more about Alexander the Great than I did yesterday, and I find myself reflecting, with horrified amusement, on Hammurabi’s Code of Laws. So… I’m learning. And that’s always good. And if I want to know more, I DO work in a library.

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