Literature Resources

Christians often defend the study of literature in purely utilitarian terms. We say that analyzing novels and poems helps us understand the world a little better, the way people think, their motivations and fears; we say a knowledge of the world's great writing is helpful for becoming better writers ourselves, or for training younger writers; we comb the pages of the classics searching for clues to secular worldviews.

We seldom encourage anyone to read good books simply because it's enjoyable. Obviously, some books might be kind of fun to read but are best left on the library shelf, but we aren't talking about those. One of the best reasons to teach literature as a "school subject" is to instill in our children a love of reading that will help shape them into men and women with a love of learning.

Anything touted simply for its academic value, no matter how much a student may like it initially, is bound to become boring eventually. Yet reading is the foundation for any study; without it, learners are unable to advance their own understanding, and must be dependent on others for acquiring information and ideas. If they can read well, however, students are able to acquire, collate and interpret large amounts of facts, and thus to expand not only their knowledge, but their very selves.

Alove of reading and the ability to read well are closely related. Knowing what to look forin a book (or newspaper, or play, or blog, or whatever) greatly increases anyone's enjoyment of reading. If you already like to read, knowing what you're doing will simply make you appreciate it evenmore.

It's not just ideas and worldviews you ought to be looking for, either. Simply admiring the beauty of the language and how great authors use it is good enough reason to read and enjoy literature. God endowed humans with a sense of the beautiful because all that fits that description reflects Him in some way (though always incompletely). Christian readers especially ought to identify and celebrate beauty in literature.

Our selection of literature resources is meant to reflect all these elements, to help students (and parents) understand the worldviews behind various works, to appreciate aesthetic beauty, and to simply enjoy reading a good book. More of a curriculum choice, but one which covers all these bases admirably, is Teaching the Classics by Adam and Missy Andrews; if you want to go even further, check out the Worldview Supplement.

Most of the books in this category are better suited to older students and adults; while younger students can benefit from rigorous literary study, they aren't normally able to "get" as much as more mature readers who've long since mastered the arts of decoding, comprehension, and basic plot analysis. As a result, we don't carry many workbooks as such, instead opting for titles that require active engagement.

Peter Leithart's books are among the more challenging in this regard. He assumes readers are willing and able to keep up with him, and brings his considerable intelligence to bear on writers as diverse as Dante, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and the Greek tragedians. In each book he looks first at the literature itself, then compares it to Christian and biblical thought, finding each text or author either deficient or compatible with a God-centered worldview. Plus, he's pretty funny at times.

How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren, and How to Read a Poem by Burton Raffel are both now-classic introductions to the art of reading well. The first book is a flat-out must-read; the second is excellent for poetry-lovers and the uninitiated alike, and Raffel is hilarious. How to Read Slowly is James Sire's plea to take enough time with any text to actually understand it and compare its values and message to a Christian worldview.

Whether you're a fan of C. S. Lewis or not, his Experiment in Criticism is fantastic, offering a thorough introduction to the Medieval mindset and how it gave birth to some of the world's great literature. Louis Markos' Lewis Agonistes, on the other hand, shows us how we can apply Lewis' thought to a modern and postmodern context in order to defend our faith.

These are just a few of our available titles, wich include dictionaries of liteary terms, reference guides, introductions to poetry-writing for younger students, books about the Bible as literature, Louise Cowan and Os Guinness' Invitation to the Classics, etc. Our goal is to make Exodus Books one of the most complete and most easily-searchable sources for great literature, literature resources, and literature curriculum on the Web.

That hope isn't founded on a desire to "be the best," though we do want to do our best. Our primary motivation is to help restore among Christians a sense of the goodness and worthiness of literature, to overcome the commonattitude that holdsall secular writing at arm's length. We want Christians to read literature (be it secular or sacred) as Christians, and we offer these resources to help anyone who shares that purpose, or would like to.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

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Aeneid - Memoria Press Package
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for 9th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Classical Studies (Location: HISCUR-MP)
$47.44
Aeneid - MP Student Guide
by Cody King
from Memoria Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Classical Studies (Location: HISCUR-MP)
$19.90
Aeneid - MP Teacher Guide
by Cody King
from Memoria Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Classical Studies (Location: HISCUR-MP)
$19.90
Allegory of Love
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$24.99
Analogies for All of Us
by Marc Hays
from Classical Conversations
for 7th-9th grade
in Logic Resources (Location: LOG-RES)
$24.99
Art and Craft of Poetry
by Michael J. Bugeja
from Writer's Digest
for 11th-Adult
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$11.00 (2 in stock)
Art of Poetry
by Christine Perrin
from Classical Academic Press
for 7th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$29.95
Art of Poetry - DVD
by Christine Perrin
from Classical Academic Press
for 7th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$103.95
Art of Poetry - DVD Bundle
by Christine Perrin
from Classical Academic Press
for 7th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$145.22
Art of Poetry - Teacher's Edition
by Christine Perrin
from Classical Academic Press
for 7th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$34.95 $20.00 (1 in stock)
Ascent to Love
by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 9th-Adult
in Classical Literature Guides (Location: LIR-CLA)
$16.00
Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare
by Isaac Asimov
from Avenel Books
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
Augustine's Confessions
by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
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by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Peter Grybauskas
from HarperCollins
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$30.00
Bear Called Paddington - Memoria Press Literature Set
from Memoria Press
for 4th-6th grade
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Beginner's Guide to Dante's Divine Comedy
by Jason M. Baxter
from Baker Academics
for 11th-Adult
in Classical Literature Guides (Location: LIR-CLA)
$20.00
Brightest Heaven of Invention
by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 10th-Adult
in Shakespeare Materials (Location: LIR-SHA)
$21.00
British Tradition I - Anthology
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$20.95
British Tradition I - Set
from Memoria Press
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British Tradition I - Student Guide
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$17.80
British Tradition I - Teacher Book
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$19.90
British Tradition II - Anthology
3rd edition from Memoria Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$20.95
British Tradition II - Set
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3rd edition from Memoria Press
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in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
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British Tradition II - Teacher Book
3rd edition from Memoria Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
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British Tradition III - Anthology
2nd edition from Memoria Press
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British Tradition III - Set
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British Tradition III - Student Guide
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
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2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
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by Michael Macrone, illustrated by Tom Lulevitch
from Harper & Row
for 6th-Adult
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Building Poems - Teacher Manual
by Michael Clay Thompson
2nd edition from Royal Fireworks Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts (Location: GRA-MCT)
$17.50 (1 in stock)
Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress
by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 9th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
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Canterbury Tales - Student Guide
by Geoffrey Chaucer
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 9th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
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Canterbury Tales - Teacher Guide
by Geoffrey Chaucer
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 9th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
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by Peter Hunt
from Oxford University
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Christian Guide to the Classics
by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
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by James Stobaugh
Reprint from Master Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
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by William F. Russell
from Three Rivers Press
in Reading Aloud & Story-telling (Location: LIR-RAST)
$16.00
Classic Myths to Read Aloud
by William F. Russell
from Crown Publishers
for 1st-5th grade
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ZCLE-HSR)
$6.30 (2 in stock)
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by Adam Andrews
from Center for Literary Education
for 10th-Adult
in Teaching the Classics (Location: LITCUR-TTC)
$19.00
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by Michael Clay Thompson
from Royal Fireworks Press
for Adult
in Clearance: English & Language Arts (Location: ZCLE-LAN)
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by William Russell
from Three Rivers Press
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Reading Aloud & Story-telling (Location: LIR-RAST)
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by Diana Pavlac Glyer and Julianne Johnson, editors
from Square Halo Books
for 9th-Adult
in The Inklings (Location: LIR-INK)
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Condition of Creatures
by Georgia Ronan Crampton
from Yale University Press
for Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
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from University of Washington Press
for Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$25.00 (1 in stock)
Critical Conditioning
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
for All grades
in Design-A-Study (Location: HSR-DAS)
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by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 10th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
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Dickens's Great Expectations
by Leland Ryken
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Discarded Image
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
Medieval and Renaissance Lit Guide/Resource for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$19.99
Divine Comedy - MP Literature Set
from Memoria Press
for 10th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
Divine Comedy - MP Quizzes
from Memoria Press
for 10th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
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Divine Comedy - MP Student Guide
from Memoria Press
for 10th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
$19.90
Divine Comedy - MP Teacher Guide
from Memoria Press
for 10th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
$19.90
Don't Know Much About Mythology
by Kenneth C. Davis
from HarperCollins
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
English Literature in the 16th Century (OHEL)
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$39.99
Enjoy the Poems: Alfred, Lord Tennyson
by Emily Dickinson, Sonya Shafer
from Simply Charlotte Mason
for 1st-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
Enjoy the Poems: Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson, Sonya Shafer
from Simply Charlotte Mason
for 1st-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
Enjoy the Poems: Robert Louis Stevenson
by Robert Louis Stevenson and Sonya Shafer, Compiled by Ruth Smith
from Simply Charlotte Mason
for 1st-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$8.50 (1 in stock)
Enjoy the Poems: Robert Louis Stevenson (old)
by Emily Dickinson, Sonya Shafer
from Simply Charlotte Mason
for 1st-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
Evaluating Books
by Richard Maybury
2nd edition from Bluestocking Press
for 9th-Adult
in Uncle Eric books (Location: ECON-ERIC)
$10.95
Excellence in Literature - American Literature
by Janice Campbell
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: LITCUR-IEW)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Excellence in Literature - British Literature
by Janice Campbell
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: LITCUR-IEW)
Excellence in Literature - British Literature (old)
by Janice Campbell
1st edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: LITCUR-IEW)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Excellence in Literature - Handbook for Writers
by Ian Johnston and Janice Campbell
1st edition from Everyday Education
for 9th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: LITCUR-IEW)
$20.00 (1 in stock)
Excellence in Literature - World Literature
by Janice Campbell
3rd edition from Institute for Excellence in Writing
for 11th-12th grade
in IEW Literature & Poetry (Location: LITCUR-IEW)
$29.00
Experiment in Criticism
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from Cambridge University
Literature Guide/Resource for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$19.99
Family Program for Reading Aloud
by Rosalie June Slater
2nd edition from Foundation for American Christian Education
for 1st-4th grade
in Clearance: Home School Resources (Location: ZCLE-HSR)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
First and Second Dalhouse Manuscripts
by Ernest W. Sullivan, II (editor), John Donne
from University of Missouri Press
for Adult
in 17th Century Literature (Location: LIT4-17)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Frankenstein - Annotated
The World View Library
by Mary Shelley, edited by Ben Quine
from The World View Library
for 7th-12th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Fresh Takes on Teaching Literary Elements
by Jeffrey Wilhelm, Michael Smith
from Scholastic Reference
for 6th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
From Achilles to Christ
by Louis Markos
from InterVarsity Press
for Adult
in Classical Literature Guides (Location: LIR-CLA)
$26.00
Grammar of Poetry
Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
from Canon Press
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$23.99
Grammar of Poetry - DVD
Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
from Roman Roads Media
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
Grammar of Poetry - DVD Bundle
by Matt Whitling
from Canon Press
for 6th-9th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
Grammar of Poetry - Teacher Edition
Imitation in Writing Series
by Matt Whitling
2nd edition from Canon Press
Writing Curriculum for 5th-12th grade
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$24.00
Great Christian Classics - Volume I
by Kevin Swanson
2nd edition from Generations with Vision
for 9th-12th grade
in Classical Literature Guides (Location: LIR-CLA)
$42.00
Great Code: The Bible and Literature
by Northrop Frye
from Academic Press Canada
for Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Literature
by Cynthia Shearer
from Greenleaf Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Classical Literature Guides (Location: LIR-CLA)
Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
by Leland Ryken
1st edition from Crossway Books
for 9th-12th grade
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
He Gave Us Stories
by Richard L. Pratt Jr.
from P&R Publishing
for Adult
in Bible Surveys (Location: XBI-SURV)
$14.00 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Heroes of the City of Man
by Peter Leithart
from Canon Press
for 9th-Adult
in Classical Literature Guides (Location: LIR-CLA)
$25.00
History of Middle Earth - Boxed Set
by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien
from Del Rey
for 9th-Adult
in Boxed Sets & Literature Packages (Location: FIC-BOX)
$49.95
Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War
by Joseph Loconte
from Tyndale House
for Adult
in The Inklings (Location: LIR-INK)
$18.99
Homer's The Odyssey
by Leland Ryken
1st edition from Crossway Books
for 9th-12th grade
in Classical Literature Guides (Location: LIR-CLA)
How to Read a Book
by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren
from Simon and Schuster
for 10th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
$17.99 $7.70 (3 in stock)
How to Read a Poem
by Burton Raffel
from Meridian Book
for 11th-Adult
in Poetry Curriculum & Resources (Location: LIR-POET)
$17.00 $9.00 (1 in stock)
How to Read Slowly
by James Sire
3rd edition from Shaw Books
for 10th-Adult
in Christians & Thought (Location: XAP-THO)
$12.00 $6.00 (3 in stock)
Iliad - Memoria Press Package
by Stephen Musick
from Memoria Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Classical Studies (Location: HISCUR-MP)
$36.89
Iliad - MP Student Book
by Stephan Musick
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Classical Studies (Location: HISCUR-MP)
$13.60
Iliad - MP Teacher Book
by Stephan Musick
2nd edition from Memoria Press
for 9th-12th grade
in Memoria Press Classical Studies (Location: HISCUR-MP)
$17.80
Illustrators of the Wind in the Willows
from McFarland & Co.
for 7th-Adult
In the House of Tom Bombadil
by C. R. Wiley, Foreword by Bradley J. Birzer
from Canon Press
for 9th-Adult
in Lord of the Rings (Location: LIR-LOTR)
$16.95
Inferno - Reader's Guide
by Joe Carlson
from Roman Roads Media
in Classical Literature Guides (Location: LIR-CLA)
Introduction to Poetry - Progeny Press Study Guide
Progeny Press Literature Guides
by Judy Cook
from Progeny Press
for 8th-12th grade
in Progeny Press Literature Guides (Location: LIT-SGPP)
$27.99
Invitation to the Classics
by Louise Cowan & Os Guinness
from Baker Books
for 11th-Adult
in Recommended Book Lists (Location: LIR-REC)
Ironies of Faith
by Anthony Esolen
from Intercollegiate Studies Institute
for 11th-Adult
in Art & Culture (Location: XCU-ART)
$22.95
Jane Austen for Dummies
by Joan Klingel Ray
from Wiley Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in Literary Analysis & Reference (Location: LIR-LAR)
Jonathan Edwards: Art and the Sense of the Heart
by Terrence Erdt
from University of Massachusetts
for Adult
in Culture & Discernment (Location: XCU-DIS)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Knock at a Star
by X. J. Kennedy and Dorothy M. Kennedy
from Little, Brown & Company
in Poetry for Children (Location: POET-CHIL)
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