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The Greatest Adventure

My childhood years were a feast for the imagination, and for that I’ll always be thankful. Books were in abundant supply–stories of the best sorts that encouraged thought and creativity–and plenty of time for play and exploration also provided fodder … Continue reading

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Mere Morality in Fiction

Christianity means more than adhering to a certain set of principles, more than observance of the law, as Jesus made quite clear in his dealings with the Pharisees. Though most of us see this as a very basic truth, one … Continue reading

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The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

“Glances of true beauty can be seen in the faces of those who live in true meekness.” Henry David Thoreau Lately I’ve been spending time reading and studying the Beatitudes, and as a result I’ve been contemplating the character quality … Continue reading

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Fantasy and Lapses of Logic

As a genre, fantasy requires a certain degree of creativity. It relies on freedom of imagination, which results in the construction of wondrous realms, full of terrors and delights. And yet the application of reason and logic plays a vital … Continue reading

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Storytelling and the Journey Homeward

In Walking on Water, Madeline L’Engle had this to say about the purpose of art and artistry: The journey homewards. Coming home. That’s what it’s all about. The journey to the coming of the Kingdom. That’s probably the chief difference … Continue reading

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The Literary Sweet Spot

Several days ago, Becky Miller posted over at Speculative Faith on The It Factor,  the elements which make us want to choose one novel out of the enormous sea of potential reads. She listed five factors which often play a … Continue reading

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The Responsibility of the Storyteller

For numerous reasons, it matters how we depict God and the spiritual world in our writing, not least of which is the power of story to shape the beliefs and worldview of the reader. I was reminded of this several … Continue reading

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Why is the Sky Blue?

At a certain age, children begin to ask questions, almost constantly. Why is the sky blue? How do you breathe? Do you have birthdays after you die? They want to understand and make sense of the world around them, and … Continue reading

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On the Lack of Timeless Stories

Last week on Speculative Faith, Becky Miller addressed the fact that many Christian fiction books (as well as their general market counterparts) are not “keepers” despite the fact that “Christians are writing about timeless, universal themes of eternal value.” Clearly, … Continue reading

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What Makes A Story Timeless?

Certain books I return to again and again, and each time I find something compelling, something that makes me want to keep reading, although I know exactly how the story unfolds. They capture something timeless, provoking thought long after they’ve … Continue reading

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