Thursday, July 31, 2008

Dragon blog

Donita K. Paul has finally begun a blog, appropriately called Dragon Bloggin'.

If you have enjoyed her Dragonkeeper series - and even if you haven't read them yet - you might want to check out her new blog. You could also visit her regular website here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Visual Fantasy


Note: painting used by permission. Check out the artist’s site.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Trivia Tuesday

Last question: C.S. Lew’s book, Until We Have Faces, is told from what character’s point of view?

Answer: Orual (see the review)

New question: Name one of the books being released by Marcher Lord Press in its debut on October.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy

Hobbiton Hill is now a part of the Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog tour, which is dedicated to promoting Christian science fiction and fantasy. They have a great website with lots of information.

The tour will feature a new book each month and I'm excited to be a part of that. Thanks, Becky, for your encouragement to join.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Visual Fantasy

God said, “Let the water under the sky come together in one area, and let the dry land appear.”

Gen 1:9


Note: painting used by permission. Check out the artist’s site.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Trivia

Our last trivia question was:

In A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, what is Bree's full name?

Answer: Breehy-hinny-brinny-hoohy-hah. Shasta nicknamed him Bree because he could not say his full name.

New question: C.S. Lewis’s book, Until We Have Faces, is told from what character’s point of view?

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Visual Fantasy

...separate water from water...

Gen 1:6 (MSG)


Note: painting used by permission. Check out the artist’s site.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Missions

Our family has just returned from an amazing two-week trip to the Yucatan peninsula and to Cuba. I'll be journaling about it in the coming weeks at my Sumballo blog and I'd invite you to wander on over and join that story.

Stay tuned here for more book reviews and exciting fiction to be published this year.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Visual Fantasy


New Life

Note: painting used by permission. Check out the artist’s site.


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Into the fantastic


For trip into the fantastic, try reading Revelation. I’m making my way through the imagery of glowing robes and horsemen, cosmic battles and terrors that push aside most horror shows today.

More perhaps than any other parts of the Bible, the apocalyptic visions of the end of history and life in the eternal realm are a language of images. Many of these images are fantastic, transcending anything known in empirical reality.” This from The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery.

Revelation is a swirl of colors and numbers, images that can barely be described and probably not visual. We can read the descriptions but how would we put that into a movie?

Yet the themes are simple: good vs. evil, spiritual conflict, God’s power in crushing his enemies and rescuing his people.

Who would have thought that Christian fantasy would include Revelation and Daniel?

I am not suggesting that Revelation and Daniel are only stories. They are God’s Word and useful for teaching, for rebuke, for correction and training in righteousness.

But their genre is apocalyptic, utilizing otherworldly images to suggest a world that transcends ordinary reality.

Themes of judgment, salvation, conflict, and transformation give Revelation an incredible punch, and an assurance to readers that, in the end, God wins.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Trivia Tuesday

Last week: Who is the author of the new Christian fantasy, Dragonlight?

Answer: Donita K. Paul, who is closing out her Dragonkeeper Chronicles with this book. She's written DragonSpell, DragonQuest, DragonKnight and DragonFire.

New question: In A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis, what is Bree's full name?

Friday, July 4, 2008

A myth retold: Til We Have Faces


Psalm 29 is based on a Canaanite hymn to Baal, a local false god. Baal was considered the god of thunder, so Psalm 29 refers to the “voice of the Lord” seven times, countering the teaching that Baal was the god of seven thunders.

The writer of Psalm 29 intended to show that God, not Baal, was the cause of thunder. He re-wrote the psalm to correct the theology of the Canaanites and to counter their hymn.

You can see, in that re-working of an idolatrous song, how God is able to remake what was lost, to restore what was in error. The form – a recreating of an idolatrous hymn – actually strengthens the point.

C.S. Lewis took the same tack in his novel, Til We Have Faces, where he modified the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche, producing a challenging psychological look at the older sister who intervenes in their romance.

The story is told from Orual’s viewpoint and the reader gets to see what Orual,the ugly and bitter older sister, cannot see. She justifies her decisions and believes her own reasonings.

These are not cardboard characters. In spite of some of her ugly conclusions, I found myself respecting Orual in many ways and wanting to show her the way out of her own rationalizations. She is intelligent, honest, concerned with others – and yet imprisoned by her bitterness. She’s not a black-and-white villain, but a complex woman on a journey to seek truth.

The story is about her moral development, a lifetime spent justifying decisions she finds difficult but necessary to make. The reader can understand what Orual does not about herself and her own perceptions.

Although Lewis seems to spend his time in the world of myths and Greek gods, there’s a deeper current that runs here. Lewis has not written a symbolic book but one of emotion and sincerity. His meaning is solidly planted on the God of love.

Plan to read it twice to capture Lewis’ intent but plan to read it. It’s powerfully written with depth of insight and meaning that will touch your heart.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Visual Fantasy



Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God's Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.

Gen 1:2 (MSG)



Note: painting used by permission. Check out the artist’s site.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Trivia Tuesday

Our question last week was: In Sue Dent's book, Never Ceese, what was the name of Julia's husband?

The answer is Merideth. I hope you've at least read the first chapter of the book posted here recently.

New question: Who is the author of the new fantasy book Dragonlight?