I've been making another trip through G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy. I've found reading this book both incredible and overwhelming. There is so much. So much to think about, enjoy, react to. Just the language and word choice alone is a delight. He uses words and ideas like Robin Hood uses a bow and arrow. It's overwhelming because there is just so much. I need to reread sections to stay with it. But … [Read more...] about Gratitude in Elfland
Books and Stories
“But I feel that I have lived on the edge even of my own life. I have made plans enough, but I see now that I have never lived by plan. Any more than if I had been a bystander watching me live my life, I don’t feel that I ever have been quite sure what was going on. Nearly everything that has happened to me has happened by surprise. All the important things have happened by surprise. And whatever … [Read more...] about An Eternal Story Happening Partly In Time
Everybody and Andrew Peterson's brother is talking about the free audiobook this month from www.Christianaudio.com: Wendell Berry's magnificent Hannah Coulter. I'll add my voice to the chorus. This is an amazing book. I would download it for free if I hadn't already paid $15 for it a while back. I love this book. So very much. Christianaudio is offering many of Berry's novels this month for a … [Read more...] about A Free Audiobook Well Worth Your Time: Hannah Coulter
The setting for the story of our life is changing. We’re moving. It’s not the biggest, most daring move. We’re not traveling 8,000 miles to live in Africa (as my parents did with us when I was a kid). We’re moving about 100 feet. We are buying and moving into our neighbor’s house. (Insert coveting jokes here.) Boring? I hope not. The small story of our family moving is about more than more … [Read more...] about A Moving Post: Our Story Goes On
"The unpayable debt that I owe to him was not 'influence' as it is ordinarily understood, but sheer encouragement. He was for long my only audience. Only from him did I ever get the idea that my 'stuff' could be more than a private hobby." J.R.R. Tolkien, on his friend, C.S. Lewis So who fulfills this role in your life? Who encourages you in your art? My list is pretty long, but includes … [Read more...] about Who Is C.S. Lewis In Your Life?
"Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The … [Read more...] about Chesterton On Imaginative Stories And Evil
Consider me stoked. It took me about ten seconds to order this. This is maybe my favorite non-fiction book written in the last sixty years. Definitely way up there. Notes From The Tilt-A-Whirl is fantastic. The dvd series looks equally excellent. I shall find out soon. Anyone want to do this series with us? Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl Movie Trailer from Gorilla Poet Productions on Vimeo. … [Read more...] about An Apologetic For Joy: N.D. Wilson’s Notes… on DVD
I've been listening to Boone, by Robert Morgan. It's pretty good. I'm especially enjoying the detailed history of Kentucky, or Kain-tuck-ee, our neighbor-state. (I live in Almost Heaven. The Mountain State. Also known as West Virginia.) Today (as I write this), I listened to the story of Boone, the Mingo chief Logan, and others while driving through Boone, Logan, and Mingo counties here in West … [Read more...] about Booneisms And Confluence
“Imagination is, in a word, the faculty by which we organize the content of our experience into some form and thus apprehend it as significant. Put another way, it is what makes us refuse to accept experience as mere random clutter and makes us try without ceasing to shape that experience so that we can manage it.” Thomas Howard, An Antique Drum As quoted by Ken Myers in this conversation. … [Read more...] about The Function Of The Imaginative Faculty
Note: This was posted last week at The Rabbit Room and there were lots of funny comments. If you want to join that conversation, go here (there, I mean). If you're a writer, admit it. You have always wanted a "writer's hut." According to a source close to me, a writer's hut is a little structure set apart from the bustle of home life, dedicated to eliminating distractions and focusing the … [Read more...] about Ready, Set, Hut.
"The novelist is required to to create the illusion of a whole world with believable people in it, and the chief difference between the novelist who is an orthodox Christian and the novelist who is merely a naturalist is that the Christian novelist lives in a larger universe. He believes that the natural world contains the supernatural. And this doesn’t mean that his obligation to portray the … [Read more...] about The Novelist In A Larger Universe