“That is why the modern notion that children should call their parents by their Christian [first] names is so perverse. For this is an effort to ignore the difference in kind which makes for real organic unity. They are trying to inoculate the child with the preposterous view that one’s mother is simply a fellow citizen like anyone else, to make it ignorant of what all men know and insensible to … [Read more...] about Difference Makes For Real Organic Unity, from CSL’s “Membership”
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“How true membership in a body differs from inclusion in a collective may be seen in the structure of a family. The grandfather, the parents, the grown-up son, the child, the dog, and the cat are true members (in the organic sense), precisely because they are not members or units of a homogenous class. They are not interchangeable. Each person is almost a species in himself. The mother is not … [Read more...] about More from Membership by C.S. Lewis: True Membership vs. A Collective
“A sick society must think much about politics, as a sick man must think much about his digestion; to ignore the subject may be fatal cowardice for the one as for the other. But if either comes to regard it as the natural food of the mind --if either forgets that we think of such things only in order to be able to think of something else-- then what was undertaken for the sake of health has become … [Read more...] about More from Membership by C.S. Lewis: Free For What?
The problem with underlining in a C.S. Lewis book is similar (I said similar) to underlining Scripture. The next sentence is usually as amazing as the one you just underlined. This continues the entire time you read. It’s very hard to pick out the good bits when every bit of it is so good. One must resort to underlining and then adding stars and soon the pages are lit up like so many night skies. … [Read more...] about Underlining Lewis
HT: Jaime Vorvick Gjerdingen … [Read more...] about Get Your Kids Hooked On This Addictive Behavior
"From my infancy I was passionately fond of reading, and all the money that came into my hands was laid out in the purchasing of books." Benjamin Franklin HT: The Thinklings … [Read more...] about Ben Reading
Jennifer Trafton has a happy habit of hitting the nail on the head. Below, I share a poignant portion of an astonishingly good read on Children's Stories, Imagination, and Joy at the Center of Creation. I would urge parents to read it and then march forth and post-haste feed your children's souls on stories and songs, silly poems, and playtime. A good place to start is with Jennifer's own … [Read more...] about Let There Be Play –Jennifer Trafton on “Holy Silliness”
Have you ever read a book you enjoyed so much, you delayed finishing it, even to an absurd extreme? I’m reading a book like that now, The Dragon’s Tooth, by one of my favorite living authors, N.D. Wilson. It’s not really a life-changing book (as his Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl is), but sometimes that’s better. It’s a really fun, true-hearted book. And that’s what I need right now. But do I need … [Read more...] about Books on Ventilators: My Irrational Fear of Letting a Good Story Pass On
From a brief Q/A by Marvin Olasky (World Magazine) with author N.D. Wilson. (Pictured above is Wilson's newest book, The Dragon's Tooth, which is excellent.) Olasky: You've said you learned more philosophy, maybe even theology, from C.S. Lewis and Tolkien than from anything you studied in college. Is that one reason you write fiction rather than theological tomes? Wilson: Christians have … [Read more...] about N.D. Wilson: Stories Are Like Catechisms for Your Impulses
"If I thought I had to say it better than anybody else, I'd never start. Better or worse is immaterial. The thing is that it has to be said, by me. We each have to say it, to say it in our own way. Not of our own will, but as it comes out through us. Good or bad, great or little: that isn't what human creation is about. It is that we have to try." Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet … [Read more...] about Your Best Draft Now?
During World War II my Papaw picked up a Jerome K. Jerome book in England called Idle Thought of an Idle Fellow. In my teen years, he shared it with me, saying it was the funniest thing he'd ever read. I read it, confirming my ancest-editorial position. Jerome K. Jerome was indeed a brilliant English humorist. JK is the original LOLer. My Papaw searched in vain in those days to find anything … [Read more...] about Humorist Jerome K. Jerome Worth A Read
My son plays happily. He flits easily between two worlds, the world that is and the world he imagines. His conversation assumes the extraordinary. His play is an adventure in make believe. How like faith. Perhaps nothing is more like faith than play. This “admission” would no doubt make Christians raised in an era of apologetic zeal begin to sweat. It may also delight anti-theist scolds, those … [Read more...] about Make Believe Makes Believers