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You may not think of yourself (or me!) as ‘an intellectual,’ but you should still read this book! Sertillanges does a great job of proposing intellectual development as a) integral to a Catholic spiritual life, b) within the capacity of most every person, and c) enjoyable. He gives suggestions for life-long learning, self-discipline, balancing study with ‘real life,’ and more.
Good: Give to college students Better: Read, take notes, and give to teens Best: Read slowly with friends and older kids, add refreshments and conversation, linger.
I enjoy any chance to give a synopsis of The Intellectual Life, with recommendations for parents seeking their own educational enrichment, or for parents presenting this topic to teens. The intellectual life is very closely integrated with the spiritual life, and with the life of work and home.
Here is the talk from the 2017 KS Catholic Home Schooling Conference
Handout (quotations from the book)