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The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class By David S. Kidder & Noah D. Oppe

Posted at 9:44 AM on Friday, January 16, 2009

I like this book for several reasons.

First, written in a devotional style, it gives you one page of content to read each day. While this is a style often used for spiritual topics, it is fresh for more general educational uses, and the single page approach makes reading easier - especially for those who are more casual readers. From this perspective it can help anyone become a more disciplined reader and develop reading habits a little bit at a time.

Second, the content comes from seven fields of knowledge - history, literature, philosophy, mathematics and science, religion, fine arts and music. Even in these short "one-pagers" I learn things I didn't know on topics I was already aware of (like The Placebo Effect or Moses), I'm enlightened on things I really don't know much about (like The Rosetta Stone or Gothic Art), and I've been exposed to things I haven't heard of, or have forgotten (like Mary Cassat or Phenomenology).

My only regret about these one-pagers is that the typeface is pretty small. You might want your glasses around when you read each day!

Written in a perpetual calendar style, you can start reading any day of the year from the front of the book, you will get one nugget from each of the seven areas of knowledge each week.

If you distained the liberal arts in school or never took a science class if you didn't have to, you will learn tidbits about important topics, written in a way that makes the topics relevant to your life - which makes it all more interesting.

In the end, this book can help you learn new things, in fields far from your daily work, and help you bolster our reading habit at the same time.

Put all these benefits together, and you can see why I recommend this book.

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