Over the last two decades, reading groups have become increasingly popular in the UK and the USA. More and more people seem to be interested in sharing their reading experiences and hearing other readers discuss their views on books, whether this is online, through the mass media, or in face-to-face contexts.
In light of this explosion in popularity of reading groups, this ethnographic study focuses on several reading groups based across a variety of settings: public libraries, public houses and in readers' homes. A range of methods are used to investigate the practices of the individual readers and the groups, including participant observation, interviews, and audio-recordings of meetings.
Reading groups are found to be highly ritualized and potentially competitive places in which matters of identity and taste are often at stake. The groups studied are conceptualized as communities of practice, and the literary interpretations and evaluations offered within each group are shown to be a product of shared norms established by this group.
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Christian Adult Coloring Books: Strength Through The Words Of Scripture is an 8 x 10 inch spiritual book of inspirational Bible quotes, each paired with an original coloring in design, providing an art activity combined with an opportunity for inner reflection. All the designs in this book are on individual pages with only the quote on the back of the page, to help prevent 'color bleed' of your colored image onto the next design. In "Strength Through the Words of Scripture" you will find short encouraging quotes taken from the Psalms and popular Bible verses about the ageless theme of "Strength." These teachings have been carefully matched to pictures that will help you think about their caring message as you spend time coloring in and contemplating their meaning. Adult Christian coloring books are designed to promote the practice of mindfulness on the word of God whilst enjoying the peace and relaxation that coloring in can bring! Christians worldwide have rediscovered the inspiring past time of using color and images to experience the sense of love and peace that comes from spending quiet and reflective art time contemplating the inspirational words of the Bible. Although this book is designed for adults (some of the pictures have a lot of detail) this is a coloring book that could easily be shared with all family members in a joyful sharing of togetherness and fun.
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