I am reading new fairy tales.
I love to read fairy tales, but it puts me in a mood, you know? When I get so engrossed, the rest of the world starts to seem a little unreal.
The ones I happen to be reading now are in an anthology called Once Upon a Time: Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales. It was written by modern folks and published in 1991. I very much recommend it.
When I get this way, I remember another book I read a while back that really just put into words what I've always felt about fiction. Has anyone out there read John Eldredge's Waking the Dead? And no, I haven't read any of his other books, and yes, I'm sure much of his theology is not quite right (isn't that the way with all of us?), but like I said, I feel like this book of his was dead on. (pun intended)
In Waking the Dead the thesis is put forth that we learn key Biblical truths by reading fiction. The three main truths are #1: There is more to life than what we see. #2: There is a great battle or journey going on. and #3: I have a part to play in that battle or journey.
Hoorah for fiction!
I know there are people out there that have pushed non-fiction and turn their noses up to fiction (my hubby's boss and Amy Carmichael come to mind) but I really believe that fiction has an inherent ability to teach soul level truths that non-fiction doesn't.
So here I am back again to those fairy tales. Maybe that's why reading them gets me in such an other-wordly mode. They reach me on a soul level. (And maybe I'm part fairy??)
Linked with Six Word Saturday.