1. Court Ellyn says:

    It’s my greatest hope that the stories I write reflect something of my faith. God gave me the determination to write; while I love the hours of fun and distraction it provides, I also feel obligated to somehow turn my fiction toward themes and motifs that point toward Him. Point toward the common human struggle with faith and with God. And the fiction I write will probably never be called “Christian” fiction. Still, the objective is to encourage, to point an indirect finger to things of God. In truth, I get bored with a story if those elements aren’t present, b/c there’s nothing that carries more meaning and more importance.
    Now I need to run out and rent Thor!
    Thanks for the encouraging post, as always.

  2. Kessie says:

    I hope all these movies go on Netflix Instant, so I can watch them late at night once the munchkins are in bed. 🙂
    I love this idea about books that encourage.  I was reminiscing about my favorite books when I was growing up. I was really into horses (the Black Stallion) and dogs (Walt Morey, Albert Payson Terhune, Jim Kjelegaard, gee, I seem to have only read old books …).
    Anyway, one of my favorite Terhune books was called Gray Dawn. It’s about this collie puppy who is either the biggest moron, or the smartest dog since Lassie. You go the entire book with his hilarious misadventures that land him and his owners in hot water over and over again, even though from Gray Dawn’s perspective, he was just following rules or doing what they wanted. And his Master hates the dog and only keeps him because the Mistress loves him so much.
    In the final chapter, there’s an awful situation where there’s a forest fire, and the Mistress sends Dawn through the fire back to where the Master is, in order to deliver him the keys to the boathouse so the Master can escape the fire. Dawn is terrified of fire, but he runs through it and burns off all his fur, but delivers the keys and saves the Master. And Dawn survives afterward, too!
    I loved that book and read it over and over. When Dawn triumphed over his own fear, I triumphed, too. I think the book even remarks that ‘perfect love casts out fear’. I think that’s what Truth does and how it encourages us, even though there’s no mention of God or anything religious in it.

  3. Galadriel says:

    The first one that comes to my mind is Heartless by Anne Stengl. It made me cry, but at the same time it was so beautiful as a picture of love.

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