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The Journey of Anne Rice August 29, 2008

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Of all the interviews with Anne Rice I’ve heard since her “Christ the Lord” series hit bookstores, Dick Staub’s is the best.

Her return to faith is truly miraculous. In addition, they discuss the history & scholarship that inspired her, her surprise at the chord her new novels have struck, the spiritual symbolism in her vampire novels… Staub and Rice just have a great conversation, and we get to listen in.

Tune in at www.thekindlings.com — the interview was posted on Aug. 28, 2008.


Imagination and Story August 16, 2008

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Here is an excellent post on the place of imagination in Christian life, our need for Story:

Hayhow’s Review.

Surprised by Wonder April 20, 2008

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 I haven’t been reading much fiction lately, or watching many movies or TV shows. But I keep finding, in the most surprising places, passages in my non-fiction reading that pertain to sense of wonder.

The title of this post might make you think I’m going to write about C.S. Lewis. Actually, the author in question is John Piper, but I don’t think he’d mind; he likes to quote Lewis.

This quote comes from page 192 of When I Don’t Desire God by John Piper:

The Power of Human Words to Make the World a Cause of Joy

It is not a mistake that so much of the Bible is written in poetry. Nor is it a mistake that there are so many biblical metaphors and similes. The lesson is that God has ordained for language to pierce and portray what colorless language cannot do. The human heart moves irrepressibly toward poetry because it knows intuitively that the natural world is not all there is. The heart may not even believe that the heavens are telling the glory of God. But it knows, deep down, that they are telling something more than meets the physical eye.

Therefore, in our fight for joy it may often be helpful to read penetrating literature and see powerful drama. Not because they can ever rival or replace the Scriptures, but because they are part of the God-revealing creation and its reflection. God did not put us in the world to ignore it, but to use it wisely. From the beginning, human beings have discovered that the reflection of the world in human art wakens us to the world itself and what the world is saying about God. Echoes can waken us to the shout of reality, and poetry can give us eyes to see. If we weren’t afflicted with persistent sleepiness of soul, we might see all the glory there is in nature. But as it is, we need help from creative artists.

You can read John Piper’s book Desiring God, its sequel When I Don’t Desire God, and a number of Piper’s other books online—free!

quick update March 18, 2007

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I just found out that superfastreader changed her web address, so I’ve updated the blogroll. The link should work now.

interested in Sundance? January 22, 2007

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If so, you’ll enjoy this blog containing day-by-day reviews of films currently being screened at Sundance.

Wonderment October 18, 2006

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I just made this montage using Montage-a-google.

All you have to do is enter a word. It searches Google for images tagged with that keyword, and makes a montage out of them.

My word: wonderment


Click on the image for a bigger view.

Accentuate the positive! April 20, 2006

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Check out HappyNews.com.

Ordinary news may have you believing the world is one big spinning disaster. Keep on the sunny side with Happy News. You can always turn on the TV if you need a dose of doom & gloom.

I found it this morning and could hardly stop reading. I’ve made it my home page instead of the regular doom & gloom news page I had before (which had replaced the sensationalist celeb & pop news page that the computer originally defaulted to).

I’ve thought for a long time that there ought to be a news venue that focused on good news. Now someone’s finally done it… kudos to them!

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