Age of Martha
a call to contemplation
the book I told you I was writing
We are living in the “Age of Martha.” Understanding this is critical for educators today, especially for those Christian educators and parents who are part of the renaissance of classical learning and who want to be good stewards of the liberal arts tradition.
If we blithely assume that we can just do classical education in the modern world without examining how things have changed culturally, we risk a grave self-deception. Man can get used to anything, says Dostoyevski. This is all the more reason to re-examine the form of our content, the preconditions of the classical learning we are so proud to offer.
This book seeks to restore our ability to see school once again as scholé. It compels us to reimagine school schedules, calendars, assessments, grades, pedagogy, and technological forms in light of this classical understanding of leisure.
IN THE PRESS
I loved and identified with this book ... I fully intend to use The Age of Martha as part of the required reading list in my new undergraduate program, the Classical Liberal Arts major at The Master’s University. We all need this book, and we need to read it leisurely.
Grant Horner, PhD, The Master's University
Besides a robust critique of what is currently confused with higher education, The Age of Martha offers useful counsel regarding more recent concerns, such as the cautious use of available electronic aids. This work is recommended with- out reserve, especially for parents and educators.
Patrick Henry Reardon, Touchstone Magazine: A Journal of Mere Christianity
A robust spiritual formation in Christ requires intentional disengagement from fevered activity. It requires ordering our time and physical space according the Church’s rhythms of feasting and fasting, prayer and worship. In reclaiming this leisurely work, O’Donnell proves a trustworthy guide.
Father Rob Patterson, Redeemer Anglican Church
Devin O’Donnell is the author of The Age of Martha, published by Classical Academic Press, 2o19. As one born and raised on the foggy coasts of central California, where mountains fall into the Pacific and redwoods itch the heavens, he was early was initiate to the order of Beauty. The spell of antiquity came upon him early, and he was enamored with old things from his boyhood. But his education in the public school houses of unlearning almost drove the love of old and beautiful things out of him completely.
Devin came to true education up through the manhole covers of learned society. He first taught Literature and Latin to high school students in 2004. A few years later, he and his wife joined some crazy families and founded a classical Christian school. He holds an MA in the Humanities and is currently the Headmaster of St. Abraham’s Classical Christian Academy located in Santa Cruz, California. In 2015 he served as Research Editor for the Bible publishing project Bibliotheca. He has written for Ruminate, the CiRCE Institute, Classis, and others. His love for beauty, music, and bookish things is matched by his love for surfing, oceanic landscapes, and English Premier League soccer. He married up, and he and his wife have four adventurous children who love stories, the ocean, and good feasts.