Get Ready to Read Magnificently

Great minds think great thoughts and the great thoughts require a great amount of reading in the Great Books. Whew, what a mouthful! Seriously, though, you will be reading a great deal in this class, but what you need to remember is that you will be looking for the ideas that speak to you. Those ideas that will help you become magnificent. Magna, the Latin root, means great, large, big, vast, huge, much, powerful, extensive, etc., etc., etc. You will be reading magna-ificently! Use your imagination and create what your “magnificent” reading will be like this semester.
We will focus on breadth, not depth, and that means you will be reading rather fast. There will be a time and a place when you will return to these books and go deeper, but for right now, turn the pages and stop when you see something that is interesting to you or that you can apply to your life.

Sensus Plenior

There are three methods of reading: reading for pleasure, reading for scholarly depth and reading for leadership. The first usually applies to the fun and easier literature; the second method is described in detail in Adler’s How to Read a Book and is an excellent way to go deep into the Great Ideas. You will be reading less like a student and more like a scholar.
The third method, and the one that we will focus on in this class is reading to become a servant/leader as described in Mark 10:43-44 it says, “but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister. And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.”
As you read, you will be implementing Sensus Plenior, which is the Latin term meaning to read for full meaning or multiple meanings. A servant/leader knows his potential and life’s purpose and reads accordingly to find the treasures that will meet his needs. You are the next generation of servant/leaders–what are the literary treasures and truths you are seeking?


A servant/leader owns his own books and writes in them so that he may quickly find what he needs at a moment’s notice. Mortimer Adler says that you should own a book in two ways: the first is to literally purchase your own copy, the second is to make it your own by “scribbling in it.” At Spare Oom, I highly encourage you to purchase your own books and a good set of pens and highlighters to make the books your very own tools of servant/leadership. Adler says, “books…must be absorbed into your blood stream to do you any good.” Write in the margins and make your own table of contents in the front on a blank page. Make the books your own.