Saturday, October 7, 2017

Top Three Fantasies to Reread this Fall (Erin)

Fall is a glorious mixture of red-gold, crunchy leaves, cloves and cinnamon, and apple cider. As the days get shorter and darkness falls more quickly, fall is also a time to settle into a cozy corner on the couch with a familiar, comforting book. Maybe you are even lucky enough to have someone who would enjoy reading one of these aloud with you. Here are my favorites. . . which are yours?

3. Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief: For everyone who is frustrated with school at this point in the year, Percy Jackson provides a welcome reminder that school isn't set up well for everyone. Percy's dyslexia, inability to sit still, and tendency to vaporize teachers are actually all part of what makes him a hero. Sometimes, the parts of our lives that cause us trouble are there for a reason--following Percy's adventures just might give you extra encouragement to discover those reasons.

2. A Wrinkle in Time: I love to join Meg as she pulls on her New England anorak and tromps out to the star-watching rock. Little does she know she will be called to adventure, and her yes is an essential part of rescuing someone she loves. Best of all, A Wrinkle in Time is a gracious reminder of the power of love to transform our faults into our strengths. (Have you seen the trailer for the movie due out in March? I can't wait!)

1. Harry Potter: As a Christian, I know there are lots of perspectives about what to do with Halloween. For us, Halloween is a great excuse to listen to John Williams' fantastic score, make a batch of butter beer (like root beer, but with butterscotch), and invite friends over. But whenever I think of Harry Potter, I also think of the value of self-sacrificial love. Harry, Ron and Hermione show an excellent example of true friendship, and Dumbledore is always standing in the wings, leading and guiding Harry, but also pushing Harry to live up to his calling, in much the same way God leads and guides us, and asks us to make love for others central to the decisions we make in our lives. 


  1. Great list, Erin. I love your perspective on Harry Potter. I love J.K. Rowling's creativity, but most of all, I value the friendship and sacrificial spirit of Harry and his friends. I've read The Wrinkle in Time at least twice, and the rest of the series at least once. I must admit Percy Jackson is still on my to-read list.

  2. Fun post, Erin! Fall is such a wonderful time of year, and perfect for reading :) Harry Potter really does fit Fall well, between the start of a new school year at the beginning most of the books and all the fun Halloween inspirations!


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