For example, when Psyche and Orual are fighting it out in the hidden valley (or truly, the hidden palace) and Psyche is bemus...moreThis was an awesome read.
For example, when Psyche and Orual are fighting it out in the hidden valley (or truly, the hidden palace) and Psyche is bemused and flabbergasted that Orual cannot see the palace she is in, which is followed by Orual's vitriolic bemusement (and deep hatred), and then by Psyche's loving pity and evangelistic (yup) call to Orual to "see," and then Orual's reasoning of Psyche's "madness," and finally of Psyche pleading with Orual and telling her, basically, that she would beseech the gods to help Orual to see... well... this is a lot like being a Christian in a blind and sinful world. We love Jesus, because He is the living God and because of what He has done for us. In Him alone is perfect love and joy.
And for reality, Jesus says, "I am the way, the Truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me."
But,really, what I loved about this particular passage in the story is that it coincides with my own experiences. When those who have seen God better have encouraged me to go deeper and pursue true love and truth and God Himself, in these moments sometimes I have felt like Orual (to be followed by, "shoot, why didn't I listen to them") and too I have played Psyche's part, asking people to search their hearts and read the word and believe what only those who are called by God Himself can see and believe. I.e. God opens the hearts of people to see Him, to see His kingdom, to turn from evil, repent, and live for Him. The church, in all its blemish, is His bride and one day He will glorify His children (the church) and make them holy and pure as He is (which is to say that we will love as He loves, love truth as He loves truth, seek justice as He seeks justice, be merciful as He is merciful, rejoice with beauty as He rejoices with it, find our everything in Him just as He finds His everything in the Trinitarian community of the Godhead).
To follow God means, sometimes, having to say goodbye to those we love (at times in a literal and physical sense, and at others, in a metaphorical sense, i.e. I obey the Lord, I love you, but I must follow the Lord). When you find the kingdom and then see and feel the King's love for you, then you give all away to have Him (and you pursue everyone who doesn't know the King to plead with them to open their hearts and "see").(less)
Update: So I just wikipedia'd Graham Greene... kind of...moreGraham Greene was a beast! He got skittles. :P
(I know it's not really a review, but whatevs...)
Update: So I just wikipedia'd Graham Greene... kind of disappointed, actually, it's really sad, his life. It kind of makes me want to recant my review or at least add some provisos... See, I thought his portrayal of Fowler's relationship to Phuong was supposed to be an indictment of Fowler and his ilk, but having read about how Greene lived his life, well, it seems more likely Greene was saying nothing other than, "Hey, this is how it is and this is how I like it!"
And that makes me kind of sick to my stomach.
Sin warps our minds and our hearts. We need the cross of Christ to carry our sins away.(less)
"Please, sir, I want some more," some more of Dickens.
Dickens can be hilariously sentimental and some will say that this is his weakness. But how shor...more"Please, sir, I want some more," some more of Dickens.
Dickens can be hilariously sentimental and some will say that this is his weakness. But how shortsighted and how dark must the hearts be that call this sentimentality a weakness! No, Dickens was no fool. He knew the lie (is it lay or lie? bah!) of the world. He knew what the world was about. These sentimental notions were not written in naivete or ignorance. No, these notions were written precisely because of the ways of this world. Dickens made the darkness stand out all the more from the light, he made the day shine all the brighter than the night, and I think he did this to move the hearts of mere mortals.
And if we mere mortals are far too gone in our own dark dungeons then let the judgements fall on us, not on Dickens. Let us then follow the steps of Fagin to that cold black stage.(less)
So the book is set in modern London (of the late 20th century?), but something happens and another thing happens and before the reade...moreI love Fairyland!
So the book is set in modern London (of the late 20th century?), but something happens and another thing happens and before the reader knows it everyone has halberds and is running around in Fairyland. Pretty awesome!
It is pretty awesome, actually, although I wouldn't desire to happen what happens in the book, the reality of it would be not so good. However, the point Chesterton seems to be making is good. I.e. that reality is bigger than our cosmopolitan dribblings.
Dang! This was Chesterton's first novel!? Wow...(less)
Lewis has a wonderful imagination and he sweeps me away every time.
This was one of my favorite quotes, it mirrors what John Owen discusses in The Mort...moreLewis has a wonderful imagination and he sweeps me away every time.
This was one of my favorite quotes, it mirrors what John Owen discusses in The Mortification of Sin, and the quote itself contains an assertion and a response between a ghost and one of the Bright Spirits:
The ghost of a man:
I'm far from denying that young men may make mistakes. They may well be influenced by current fashions of thought. But it's not a question of how the opinions are formed. The point is that they were my honest opinions, sincerely expressed.
The Bright Spirit of a man ("Bright Spirit" is capitalized in the book):
Of course. Having allowed oneself to drift, unresisting, unpraying, accepting every half-conscious solicitation from our desires, we reached a point where we no longer believed the Faith. Just in the same way, a jealous man, drifting and unresisting, reaches a point at which he believes lies about his best friend: a drunkard reaches a point at which (for the moment) he actually believes that another glass will do him no harm. The beliefs are sincere in the sense that they do occur as psychological events in the man's mind. If that's what you mean by sincerity they are sincere, and so were ours. But errors which are sincere in that sense are not innocent.
This mirrors my own struggles with sin. Sin doesn't usually jump out in a flash, but like a tiger it creeps up on us. Or perhaps, like a snake, it slithers upon us.
It was a short romp through Lewis' imagination. Pretty cool.(less)