Encountering Jesus in A Christmas Carol

Chances are, you’ve seen at least one of the movie adaptations of Charles Dickens’ iconic novel, A Christmas Carol. You may have even read it when you were in middle school. And if you’ve done neither of those, you at least know that to be a “Scrooge” is to be someone who resists the Christmas …

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What The Great Divorce Teaches Us About Greatness

What does it take to be great? Ambition is all around us, and it’s nothing new. Published in 1945 C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce is just as relevant today. The short novel imaginatively explores one man’s bus ride from hell to heaven, narrating his encounters with citizens from both places. Our protagonist meets George McDonald …

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Stories that remind us of hope

Fiction to Remind You of Hope

Maybe you’re in a season where you need to be reminded of hope. You know truth, but your soul needs to be wrapped in the warm-blanket-hug, hot-cup-of-coffee-placed-in-your-hands, mountain-air-view kind of hope. Last night, I lay in bed reading middle-grade fantasy as thunder rumbled and rain pelted the window. This morning, I stepped outside to no …

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How a Peter Pan Story Reminds Readers of Jesus

The cover caught my eye. Big Ben. Green, yellow, and blue hues. Silhouettes of flying people. Anything with a wisp of Peter Pan piques my inner child’s interest. So naturally, Kara Swanson’s Dust caught my attention. A Quick Summary 19-year-old Claire Kent grew up in a foster home with her twin brother, Conner. Only now, …

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Treasure Island, Forerunner to YA Fiction

If it’s been years since you’ve read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, you should consider giving it another look. Originally published in 1881 in a magazine, the book has landed the classics list for years. Having read it in junior high, it had been long enough that I had very little memory of the novel. …

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4 Tips on How to Read and Watch “Secular” Stories

“I think sometimes I encounter the Lord more in secular movies than in Christian ones,” I said to a friend at a party. He is a musical actor, a brilliant musician, etc. He responded immediately: “That’s because they’re human.” Whether or not a filmmaker or author is hidden in Christ, they likely have become acquainted …

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My Obsession with Productivity Books (and What They’re Teaching Me)

They’re a bit addictive. Read a book about habits, feel the rush of applying them, gradually numb into the fallout of not applying them, and then rediscover the excitement of picking up a new book on habits. I love books about productivity, habits, and spiritual disciplines. Listed below are a few titles I’ve enjoyed: Of …

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