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“How to Do Nothing” | Matt Mullins’ Summer Reading Recommendation

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This summer, we want to help you craft the perfect Summer Reading List. We asked Southeastern Seminary professors what books they would recommend, and we’ll share their recommendations in coming weeks.

Today, Matt Mullins shares his summer reading recommendation.


How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
By Jenny Odell (Viking, 2019)

Mullins: I’ve recently finished Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, and would recommend it for anyone interested in learning how to stop giving their attention to what corporations, social media, and advertisers deem valuable and start giving it to things that are local, beautiful, and life-giving.

Though Odell’s book is not overtly religious, its arguments and strategies have especially profound implications for Christians who want to love our neighbors well, care for the world in which we’ve been placed, and clear time and space to reflect on the God who made us.

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Matthew Mullins

Matthew Mullins is Assistant Professor of English and History of Ideas at The College at Southeastern and the author of "Postmodernism in Pieces" (2016).

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