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Little Rooms of Imagination with Madeleine L’Engle and C.S. Lewis (Friday Feature)

I tell my students often enough to read the fore-matter in their textbooks. “That’s where the good stuff is,” I argue. “That’s where the author shares his or her vision for writing.” Now, I suspect that students rarely heed my … Continue reading

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Is Narnia an Allegory? (A Friday Feature from the Vault)

No. It’s not.   While tempted to leave it at that and produce the shortest blog of history, I think it is important to let the Narnian himself address the question. C.S. Lewis was, after all, a literary scholar who … Continue reading

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Christmas With J.R.R. Tolkien: The Father Christmas Letters

What a find! At a yard sale a good friend scored a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Father Christmas Letters and she was good enough to give it to me. Published by his daughter-in-law in 1976 on the 3rd anniversary of Tolkien’s … Continue reading

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Jill Pole’s Road to Emmaus

It is one of the more intriguing appearances of Jesus after the puzzling event of the empty tomb. Rather than grand appearances, Christ slowly slipped into the lives of his disciples, visiting two or three at a time while skirting Jerusalem … Continue reading

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Is Narnia an Allegory?

No. It’s not. While tempted to leave it at that and produce the shortest blog of history, I think it is important to let the Narnian himself address the question. C.S. Lewis was, after all, a literary scholar who had … Continue reading

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2015: A Year of Reading: The Infographic

On Wednesday I posted an extensive write-up of my year of reading, including some pretty nerdy charts and numerous links to blogs that have come out of or gone into my reading. I thought it would be fun to include … Continue reading

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Christmas in July with J.R.R. Tolkien (1976)

What a find! At a recent yard sale a good friend (@RhonDawg) found a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Father Christmas Letters and she was good enough to give it to me. Published by his daughter-in-law in 1976 on the 3rd anniversary … Continue reading

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