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What Makes C.S. Lewis’ Novel The Great Divorce a Classic?

Though not as popular as The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity,or The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce is a fascinating work of fiction that has gained a wide readership. In fact, many scholars consider it one of the best novels Lewis ever wrote.So, what happens in this book that has resonated with so many readers around the world?Further Reading: 5 Fantastic Books by C.S. Lewis (which You Probably Haven’t Read)Photo Credit: © Getty Images/blew_i

10 Fiction Books to Read This Fall That Will Nourish Your Spirit

There are so many reasons why I love fall, but some of my favorite ones are the cozy clothing options, the soft blankets, the delicious, warm drink options, and how foliage begins its beautiful metamorphosis from green to orange to a deep burgundy before, finally, falling to the ground. I have always loved cool and wet weather, so the idea of staying home and cozying up with a good book by the fire is my idea of heaven on earth.I have always loved the written word, but my love of reading has definitely grown as I have aged. There are genres of books that I tend to navigate towards but, every once in a while, I’ll try out a different genre to “spice it up” and broaden my horizons. I don’t know what your fall and winter will look like, but if you’re interested in starting to read more this year, or just want to check out some different genres of books, come along with me as I recommend 10 fiction books to read this fall that will nourish your spirit!Photo Credit: © Unsplash/Ergita Sela

The Ultimate List of 10 Fun Books to Read to Your Kids

I have loved books since I was a baby. My mom said one day, she sat me on her lap with my back to her chest, opened a book, and I went nuts. She said my eyes widened, and I flailed my arms like crazy. She thinks it was something about the bright colors and the pictures that captured my attention.Well, my love of reading never stopped. I spent most of my childhood either with my nose in a book or writing some kind of story. This continued through middle school and high school and then into college. I still love to read as an adult. As a former daycare teacher, I have read many kids’ books and even own some as an adult.There is something about kids’ books that I love. They are cute, can teach a lesson, or be funny. I think the number one reason I love kids’ books so much is because they are fun. Some of my favorite books are children’s books, and I will share some with you. I hope you find the perfect book to read to your child at bedtime tonight.
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5 Reasons I'll Stop Reading Your Christian Fiction Book

I’m an editor, freelance writer, and author, but I’m also a believer. My faith finds itself in all materials I write–even social media posts. I think it’s hard for anyone who loves the Lord to not incorporate His beauty, hope, and restoration into our art, our hearts spilled on a page, canvas, music sheet, or stage.However… However.In our attempts to share the gospel with others, to make the Christian walk pristine and palatable, we often water down Christ's works or make the faith life seem unattainable and unrealistic. This is often the theme, at least to me, when I read many mainstream Christian fiction books.Now, let me preface with this: some authors nail Christian fiction. The storyline has relatable characters, there are true plot twists, and I finish the book in a matter of days. (I highly recommend Tacos for Two and Saving Mrs. Roosevelt, on that note.)Still, there are five nitty-gritty reasons I will stop reading your Christian fiction book:Photo Credit: ©Alexis Brown/Unsplash

Why Haven't More People Read The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis?

The Abolition of Man is one of Lewis’ most challenging philosophical works. Since it is a work of scholarship, it was not written in the vernacular as Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, and Surprised by Joy. Readers who have taken up the challenge have found it worthwhile, for the book is very prophetic about our postmodern culture.Reading Lewis’ The Abolition of Man requires great effort and reflection. Many of Lewis’ admirers and many Lewis scholars have stated that it is one of his most challenging but vital works. Lewis’ friend and fellow Inkling Owen Barfield praised it as one of his most important books.Further Reading: 10 C.S. Lewis Books You Haven’t Read YetPhoto Credit: ©GettyImages/kot63

Why Did C.S. Lewis Write Mere Christianity?

Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies every year since its original publication in 1952. The book has been well-received among Christians across denominational backgrounds and people of different worldviews.So how did Lewis write this perennial bestseller?Photo Credit: © Getty Images/Kriangsak Koopattanakij

4 Christian Poems to Inspire Believers

It is at these times that we need to reach out to God and use the resources we have been entrusted with to help point us back to God as well as to fill our hearts with hope, encouragement, and inspiration.

3 Max Lucado Books That Will Inspire You

Max Lucado is one of the most well-loved and prolific authors of our time. Each of his titles draws readers into a closer relationship with God. Max Lucado books inspire and encourage readers all over the world.

6 Must-Read Books for Building Bridges toward Racial Reconciliation

America’s collective attention has been focused in recent months on issues of police brutality and racial inequality affecting people of color in our country. Although marches, prayer gatherings, and intentional conversations have been opportunities to be involved, there is a sense that many people desire to do something more substantial to impact change.It’s often expressed through questions such as What’s next? or How can I help? I’ve asked some of these same questions but there are no simple solutions.I do hear my friends of color repeat the encouragement to continue to educate myself and learn more about the black and racial minority experience—as well as God’s heart for reconciliation amidst the beauty of diversity.While that may feel too easy, it often is the most difficult path. I’m reminded of Richard Foster’s probing question in his book Celebration of Discipline, “everyone thinks of changing the world, but where, oh where, are those who think of changing themselves?”Through God’s Spirit, we have access to the power to think biblically about these spiritual issues. We can invite God to search us and know us, “to see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23).So, while summer is usually the perfect time to escape into the pages of a beach read, this summer consider adding a few more significant books to your list. Following are books (and some other resources) that I have found meaningful to learn more about the black and minority experience in America:Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/kieferpix

50 Great Books on Christian Art

Christians can get really nervous when someone starts talking about art. However, the Bible gives a vibrant vision of creativity and using it for his glory. Here are 50 books that can help you understand Christian art of any form.

Tim Tebow Explains How to Listen to the Voice of Truth

If there’s one thing I learned early on playing football, it was that I couldn’t live my life if I was constantly concerned about what other people were saying about me. There have always been people saying that I couldn’t do something, along with my own doubting thoughts. But through it all, there’s been only one voice that mattered. And I strive each day to try to hear Him loud and clear.

3 Great Christian Books about Heaven

These books, while not Scripture, are founded in Scripture and theologically sound. But before we get to those books, let's open the Bible and see what Scripture has to say about heaven.

A Christian Perspective on Horror in Movies and Culture

Why is there a massive industry dedicated to the production of fear for pleasure? Scary movies, haunted houses on Halloween, and horror novels combine to make a multibillion dollar economic powerhouse. How should Christians engage in and process this phenomenon?

10 C.S. Lewis Books You Haven’t Read Yet

SPECIAL OFFER: Enroll in this free online course on C.S. Lewis today!During his lifetime, C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) published over 40 books, from Christian apologetics to children’s fantasy stories. He also wrote respected academic books like The Allegory of Love and English Literature in the Sixteenth Century Excluding Drama.Many of Lewis’ books are famous. Surprised by Joy has many readers and has become even better-known as the basis for a play and movie, The Most Reluctant Convert. The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters gain new readers every year. Mere Christianity routinely tops lists of bestselling and influential Christian books.Other books by Lewis aren’t so famous, even though they are well worth exploring. The following lists 10 of Lewis’ lesser-known books.Further Reading:10 J.R.R. Tolkien Stories You Haven’t Read YetPhoto Credit:Unsplash/Caleb Woods

10 J.R.R. Tolkien Stories to Read Before Seeing Rings of Power

J.R.R. Tolkien is easily the best-known fantasy author of the last 100 years. If you haven’t read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings or seen the various films based on those stories, you almost certainly know at least one person familiar with them.You may not know that Tolkien wrote many more fantasy works than just his famous ones. As he built his stories about Middle-earth into full-fledged mythology, he wrote numerous other stories about its history leading up to the fight over the One Ring. As a scholar of languages, Tolkien studied and translated famous medieval texts like Beowulfand Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He also wrote shorter fairy-tale works for his children, some connected in interesting ways with his more famous works.With Amazon’s The Rings of Power coming out soon, it’s a good time to look at some of his other work. The following is a list of his great shorter works and some of his more accessible Middle-earth writings. Many of these shorter stories have been published separately, but you can also find them collected in anthologies like The Tolkien ReaderorTales from the Perilous Realm.Further Reading: Does the Lord of the Rings Have Christian Themes?Photo Credit: Unplash/Madalyn Cox

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