The last few days have included several great reminders of why I love literature so much! In addition to completing a “modern classic” last week (Watership Down by Richard Adams; see my review), I’ve come across several other articles and books about the importance of good literature. Here are a few:
Harry Potter, Jesus, and Me — Besides being a fantastic singer/songwriter and author, Andrew Peterson is a fellow book-lover. I heartily affirm everything he writes in this article (right down to the unapologetic love for the Harry Potter series), but especially would call your attention to the second half, where he speaks of the power of storytelling to point to Christ by reminding us of the existence of Real beauty, truth, and goodness. “Because I believe that all truth is God’s truth, that the resurrection is at the heart of the Christian story, and the main character of the Christian story is Christ, because I believe in God the Father, almighty maker of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ his only begotten son—and because I believe that he inhabits my heart and has adopted me as his son, into his family, his kingdom, his church—I have the freedom to rejoice in the Harry Potter story, because even there, Christ is King. Wherever we see beauty, light, truth, goodness, we see Christ.”
Wrecking Books to Bring Them to Life — This article offers great suggestions for teachers and parents for encouraging students to read more, read better, and read critically. The Mortimer Adler book quoted in the article (How to Read a Book) is also a worthwhile investment! “Marking up a book is not an act of mutilation, but of love.”
Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books — This is a book due out at the end of September. It looks like it will be fantastic, and I can’t wait to get a copy! You can read a little more about the book, along with some endorsements, here.
Live Like a Narnian — This is an ongoing series that I’ve really enjoyed, exploring the world of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and their relevance to our lives (for a longer look at the same topic, check out Douglas Wilson’s book What I Learned in Narnia). Here are the four posts that have been published so far: