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Jennifer Neyhart is an aspiring Scholar and Educator of C.S Lewis, Bible, and Theology. Her interests include reading (Fantasy/Sci-Fi along with books related to Theology, Philosophy, The Bible, Spirituality, etc...), writing, learning and teaching. You'll find her blogging about these interests accordingly at http://neyhart.blogspot.com

Currently reading

The Silmarillion
J.R.R. Tolkien, Ted Nasmith, Christopher Tolkien
Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
Justin Lee
The God Box
Alex Sanchez
Gods at War: Defeating the Idols That Battle for Your Heart
Kyle Idleman
The Ersatz Elevator
Lemony Snicket
The House of Hades
Rick Riordan
Come Alive
Elora Nicole Ramirez
The Prophetic Imagination
Walter Brueggemann
Jesus + Nothing = Everything
Tullian Tchividjian
Speaker for the Dead
Orson Scott Card
The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd A really good story - engaging - pulled me right in.
Enchantment - Orson Scott Card I greatly enjoyed this modern meets historic fairy tale come true, complete with time travel!

King Lesserlight's Crown

King Lesserlight's Crown: A Children's Story for Grownups, Too - Charlie W. Starr If you enjoy the writings of C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, etc, you will love Charlie Starr's tale. I love the poignant moments in the middle of fantastical whimsy. My favorite part of the book is reminiscent of Lewis's conversation with a fictionalized MacDonald in The Great Divorce. You'll just have to read it and be delighted! The shorter chapters and simpler vocabulary keep it accessible to children, but in a way that only enhances the enjoyment for the rest of us. (Think Narnia meets The Little Prince.)

P. S. There's a FLYING MOOSE! Now you KNOW you want to read it!
How to Do Things with Words (William James Lectures) - J.L. Austin 1) The distinctions Austin makes are useful.
2) The distinctions don't hold up.
3) The collapse of the distinctions is useful.
The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales - Bruno Bettelheim Freud, Freud, and more Freud.
Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales - Jack Zipes very Marxist
Left Behind - Jerry B. Jenkins, Tim LaHaye While I remember enjoying reading this series when it first came out, that was before I had spent much time studying Biblical Interpretation and Theology. At the time I didn't think I agreed with the way the authors were interpreting Scripture, but I didn't have much to go on.

The Left Behind Series is based on an extremely literal rendering of passages of scripture in the Bible, especially apocalyptic texts. People who embrace this interpretation of the text (premillennial dispensationalism) must be unaware or or choosing to ignore the fact that apocalyptic texts are known for using highly symbolic language to communicate truth and must be interpreted in light of the larger framework of the Judeo-Christian worldview. (Example: The plagues mentioned in Revelation echo the plagues in Exodus where God was rescuing his people and judging their oppressors.)

N. T. Wright said the dramatic end-time scenario of believers being snatched up into heaven is an incorrect interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. That passage about meeting the Lord in the air "should be read with the assumption that the people will immediately turn around and lead the Lord back to the newly remade world" -- similar to residents meeting a visiting emperor in open country, then escorting him into the city. Jesus never predicted such an event.

"The gospel passages about “the Son of Man coming on the clouds” (Mark 13:26, 14:62, for example) are about Jesus’ vindication, his “coming” to heaven from earth. The parables about a returning king or master (for example, Luke 19:11-27) were originally about God returning to Jerusalem, not about Jesus returning to earth. This, Jesus seemed to believe, was an event within space-time history, not one that would end it forever." - N.T. Wright