1. Galadriel says:

    This story sounds like something I might check into.  I have read one magic realism novel (Bless Me, Ultima) and one novel by a Christian author that has magic realism tendacies (Peace Like a River by Leif Enger). It’s not a genre I have found often, but might be interested in reading more of.

  2. “But on a deeper level it’s an interesting place to draw a line, because of course the fantastic does happen, all day every day. Water turns to ice. Electricity runs through wires. Little animals emerge from the bodies of bigger ones. People somehow find the strength to forgive each other. No one really understands how these things happen. All around us every moment of our lives is magical, if by that we mean life is constantly influenced and infused by the supernatural.”
    I love this! I think about this all the time, about the miracles that are happening around me. Like leaves turning colors, how awesome and scary tornadoes are (I live in Kansas), and the way soap is able to make molecules of dirt cling to it rather than me and wash away. And then I bow my head and realize how absolutely awesome God is that He came up with all this stuff!

  3. “Most people aren’t sure what it is” – whatever it is, you’re adept at it.  I thoroughly enjoy your books.

  4. Kay Day says:

    River Rising is my favorite.
    I agree with all you’ve said. Good to hear from you! 

  5. Excellent post, Athol. My latest speculation has been about what it would look like if all of us who believe God is sovereign would act like it. Or who believe He has forgiven us would forgive in like kind. How would we pray if we prayed like Christ? How would our world change if we prayed more for lost sinners than for aches and pains? Not that we should stop the one, but should emphasize the other. Anyway, thanks for stirring up these thoughts anew!


  6. Carlson says:

    I really like River Rising, too.  It’s such a wonderful work. And you’ve got a lot of good points here about miracles and such. So what do you really believe in? Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful post. And by the way, you’ve got a very brilliant blog.

  7. Kirsty says:

    There are three things that are too amazing for me,
        four that I do not understand:
    the way of an eagle in the sky,
        the way of a snake on a rock,
    the way of a ship on the high seas,
        and the way of a man with a young woman.

    Prov 30v18-19

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