In Our New Podcast Episode, We Encourage You to Be a Creative ‘Prepper’ for Hard Times

In Lorehaven’s new episode of Fantastical Truth, we engage with stories about pandemics and suffering, such as Tosca Lee’s 2019 novel The Line Between.
on Mar 17, 2020 · 2 comments

In episode 7, we promised our next episode would focus on Frank E. Peretti’s This Present Darkness.

But first, a word from our biggest news of 2020.

In Fantastical Truth episode 8, Zackary Russell and I share a few “favorite” pandemic stories, including the recent Planet of the Apes film trilogy and Tosca Lee’s 2019 novel The Line Between.

These stories can actually help Christians prepare our imaginations for these trials—or even worse suffering.

Lorehaven reviews The Line Between

These truth glimpses give The Line Between surprising heart-warmth amongst the chill, while its road-trip quest drives fast through mad territory and never once feels bogged down in snowbanks. Even by the finale, we get hints that our heroes have learned that yes, sometimes you must stay preserved from a world gone mad, but for the greater mission of helping others in that world. As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote, you can’t simply separate from evil people—not even cultists—in order to avoid evil. That very line between evil and good cuts through every human heart.

Quotes and notes

  • In 2017, Mark Carver wrote at Speculative Faith, “It’s interesting how the biggest threat to human existence rarely gets news coverage. It’s not North Korea or global warming or white privilege; it’s disease.” (Down With the Sickness, Sept. 20, 2017)
  • Big lessons of pandemics: we’re not in control. These events challenge us to ask ourselves, “Where is my hope?”
  • We blame politicians or countries or each other, or downplay the problem versus panicking, and/or buy into conspiracy theories—all because doing so gives us a sense of control.
  • Christians may be material “preppers,” but we must always be preppers for times of suffering.

Most of us don’t five focused thought to evil and suffering until we experience them. This forces us to formulate perspective on the fly, at a time when our thinking is muddled and we’re exhausted and consumed by pressing issues. Readers who have “been there” will attest that it’s far better to think through suffering in advance.

—Randy Alcorn, If God is Good, page 14

Read the complete show notes here.

Then, next week in episode 9, we really will explore that 1980s Peretti-verse as originally promised.

Godspeed, and stay healthy,


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E. Stephen Burnett explores fantastical stories for God’s glory as publisher of and its weekly Fantastical Truth podcast. He coauthored The Pop Culture Parent and creates other resources for fans and families, serving with his wife, Lacy, in their central Texas church. Stephen's first novel, a science-fiction adventure, launches in 2025 from Enclave Publishing.
  1. For a post apocalyptic story that sort of discusses how society might cope with/after a disaster, I recommend reading the comic on Line Webtoon called Rot And Ruin by Jonathan Maberry and Alempe. Apparently it’s based on a novel, and it’s focused less on violent zombie killing and more on interpersonal stuff and how society would operate under those circumstances. It has some interesting ideas. I don’t know or recall if the zombie thing was started by a disease or not, but yeah. It’s free and already has quite a few episodes out, so worth a read regardless:

    • Of course nowadays, my big question with evaluating post-apocalyptic fiction is: did they all run out of toilet paper?! =p Thanks for letting us know about that comic. I started reading it and it looks cool. I like the format where it just keeps scrolling down.

What do you think?