Book Review: “Charitable Writing”(Richard Hughes Gibson and James E. Beitler III)

Finally, I have finished this great book on writing and now I want to share not just quotes from it but my impression of this volume. It’s took me a few months before I finish this due to the fact that I have to give way to other books that is short so I can have something to put on my blog. But as I lay aside this book and the parts I already read, the content still is stuck in my mind all throughout those time that’s why I was so eager to pick it up and finish it.

The introduction to Charitable Writing is of course essential but its a bit long. However, once you get out of the woods and it will be a smooth and enjoyable ride. Its a long read so expect it to be grueling but interesting journey.

I like how the authors make use of the painting and the people depicted on it. In the early chapters, the authors let you encounter them and how their practice of writing can impact yours. It makes this book an fascinating page after page recovery of the art of writing. On one hand you become sort of an art critic and decodes and on the other it is so encouraging for us writers who lost their sight or doesn’t know the rich Christian tradition of the craft. Truly with those things laid bare for the reader it affirms that writing is indeed spiritual discipline that would resonate into a royal endeavor worth pursuing.

If you think all of these are mere “meet and greet” with dead folks who we should look up to, think again. Nor a turn you into an art critic (for a brief moment). The authors also gives a heads up to contemporary writers. Its all about looking back at the past, staring at the present and taking up the mantle for the future.  This book brings the arsenal and class back on your writing. This is not just nudge to help you write better but a launch you to go what writing. You’ll never be the same when you put down this book. With those things in mind, indirectly, Charitable Writing is asking writers: can you handle the weight of what it means to write?

Well the answer should be a loud, Yes! And to do it, there is a detour. You won’t be isolated in your ivory tower of writing but you’ll go low as Charitable Writing presents how we should write in service to God and our neighbor.

By now might think that this book presents just theory but no practical stuff. The later part of the book gives way to help you apply what you have learn so far. That’s the chapter on slow writing. So this is the part where we get down and dirty after a long discussion on charitable writing. You’ll say finally with a relief and joy not because you’re near the end but you are thoroughly equipped from that long journey. The author gave us three points: pre-writing, drafting and revising. The also shoot down procrastination and perfectionism in writing. There’s a bit of a fourth walling when they use the book and that chapter as example on revising.

Charitable Writing is a force to reckon with in terms of the weightiness it gives on the importance of writing and how to ground it on the law of love. Savor every part of this book and be encourage to put you pen on a paper or tap mightily on your laptop. Bloggers and writers will benefit from this book when they want more than an encouragement on their craft. Writing is more that putting ink on the paper or typing the keyboard. This will help them dig deeper and unearth treasures. Let this book wean you for achieving ivory tower writing with a down to earth noble cause. All for God’s glory. Highly recommended!

My verdict:

5 out of 5

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(Review copy of this book was provided by Inter-Varsity Press.)

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