Interview the person below you Dec 7, 2005 17:24:24 GMT -5
Post by shavonfan on Dec 7, 2005 17:24:24 GMT -5
A: Books are written in different styles and for different reasons. Some books are written to educate and inform the reader about a subject that was well studied from a variety of sources and viewpoints. Other books are written exclusely from one side of an issue. Books can be written as a response or a counter to a certain side of an issue. There are any number of reasons why an author chooses to write a book, and just as many reasons why a person chooses to read one. I think sometimes the disappointment comes when a person reads a book for a certain reason only to find that it didn't at all meet those expectations. If I am reading a book that is going to biased in its content, there are a few things that are important to me. First, I like the book to have footnotes. I want to be able to look some of the claims of the author up for myself and see more of the picture in its context. I want to be able to study more about the issue with some of the resources made available. Throwing a bunch of statements out there just doesn't cut it for me. Second, I like an author to challenge my thinking with some penetrating questions that will leave me in a postion to seek the answer after I have finished the page and put the book down. I want the author to make me think about something the next time I hear or see the subject in person or on tv or radio, so that I can audibly and visually begin to learn to discern some things for myself. Third, I like it when an author clearly states his or her bias, and the reasons for it. That way, if I agree or disagree, I am able to formulate an opinion as to what the author stated. This helps me to be ready to respond and give an answer to those who would want to know what I believe and why, as well as what I disagree about and why to a certain issue. Finally, I really do not get anything at all from an argument that includes putdowns and name-calling. To me, it only shows a lack of intelligence about the issue and a lack of respect for others. Neither one of those things add much to the discussion, and nothing is learned or gained. I already know the position of many of the authors I read. The reason I continue to read them is not because they are not biased, but because they bring with them an educated body of work that informs me, challenges me, equips me and clearly defines what it is that the author is saying. Q: Have you ever read a book that helped to change your views about a particular subject? Explain. A: Yes, "Soul Survivor" by Philip Yancey. The book is about the people who helped Yancey's faith survive the church. In it he writes about people such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, Henri Nouwen, and Annie Dillard. Anyway, I came away with a much greater appreciation of Martin Luther King, Jr. and have come to consider him amongst my heroes. Also, the book "Treason" by Ann Coulter succeeds as well in teaching me about Joseph McCarthy. I now consider him to be an important figure in the history of the United States.