Many Christians view the Bible as an instruction manual. While the Bible does provide instruction, it can also captivate, comfort, delight, shock, and inspire. In short, it elicits emotion--just like poetry. By learning to read and love poetry, says literature professor Matthew Mullins, readers can increase their understanding of the biblical text and learn to love God's Word more. Each chapter includes exercises and questions designed to help readers put the book's principles and practices into action.
Matthew Mullins (PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) is assistant professor of English and history of ideas at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as associate dean for academic advising for the College at Southeastern. Mullins is the author of Postmodernism in Pieces and has written for Los Angeles Review of Books and American Book Review.