Concentrating on the profit as well as "" knowledgeable pleasure"" to be derived from reading, and also on serious rather than surface values, Father Thornton- the Associate Editor of the catholic Digest offers guidance on a higher level. Without imposing the severe intellectual strictures of Mortimer Adler, he shows the "" discipline of sense the opening of the doors of your imagination, the development of your will, the encouragement of your thinking powers"" which are acquired through reading worthwhile literature. Here are the values of the novel, the Catholic novel, poetry and biography, history, drama and science, philosophy and religion, and there is considerable classical allusion and illustration in the test. The reading list which is appended includes popular as well as classical works in all the fields above, and if one is -- as requested- not to questioned the omissions, one can still quarrel with the inclusions ( sometimes mis-spelled and mis-named)-why Flaubert's Salammbo rather than Mme. Bouary; and is Zane Grey really worthwhile? An inevitable catholic emphasis indicates a predisposition towards that market.