Monday, September 21, 2009

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I have always enjoyed classical literature. There is just something richer about a book written during the print era (before the radio, television, or internet). Back when the written word ruled, authors mastered the art of description and plot development.

As great as these old novels are, I rarely have time to sit down and enjoy a good book. Casual reading falls victim to juggling kid schedules and laundry. While commuting to work last year I discovered the Classic Tales Podcast.

Created by the very talented BJ Harrison, the Classic Tales Podcast brings great short stories from the past to life – in a mobile format. Each Friday a new, unabridged story is available as well as full-length stories for purchase (such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Treasure Island). BJ doesn’t merely read the stories, he performs them. He brilliantly develops each character, bringing out their personalities and emotions.

Now as you are running errands, cleaning your house, or just relaxing you can allow the classics to “awaken your better self,” as BJ puts it. Take a listen and let me know what you think!

(Guest blog post by Abbie Mantor, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies student at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.