ERIC Number: EJ876426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 12
Adult and Christian Self-Improvement Literature
Rowland, Michael L.
Adult Learning, v18 n1-2 p15-17 Win-Spr 2006
Many adults search for spiritual guidance and direction and persist in seeking answers to life in today's fast-paced world. With burgeoning economic challenges, political corruption, war in Iraq, poverty, health care concerns, environmental concerns, rising fuel costs, violence, racism, and oppression, many adults seek solace and greater understanding for their own lives. Some adults seek respite and comfort during these increasingly complex and challenging times by attending a church, temple, synagogue, or mosque, and/or by reading the Bible, Koran, or other books of wisdom, inspiration, encouragement, and empowerment. Many adults still participate in traditional forms of church worship activities, including Bible study groups and adult Sunday school classes that are fundamental to religious education. This article highlights a specific genre of popular religious literature. The author reviews some recent examples of popular religious literature, by focusing specifically on the category of Christian self-improvement (CSI) books. This review is to encourage adult educators teaching classes in adult growth and development, life-cycle/life-span areas, and gender and/or racial issues to consider using these books in adult education. Adult religious educators can explore popular religious literature to better understand some of the whole life issues adults are facing. CSI literature can provide an excellent context for new and future areas of research in adult and religious education as it relates to adult growth and development; gender, socioeconomic, and racial issues, and how these issues are addressed in this genre of contemporary literature.
Descriptors: Literary Genres, Self Concept, Improvement, Christianity, Self Help Programs, Religious Education, Biblical Literature, Spiritual Development, Guidance, Individual Development, Reader Text Relationship, Context Effect, Transformative Learning, Adult Educators, Adult Learning
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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