Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Gospel Preparations

Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

It is amazing to me how God prepared various pagan peoples to receive the gospel of His Son. Recently reading in the Poetic Edda, the collection of Icelandic mythological poems, I was struck by the story of Balder, the God of Light, whose death sparked the battle of Ragnarok and the destruction of the world. Balder's resurrection then heralds the creation of a new heaven and earth and a new humanity. These poems certainly did their work in the conversion of C.S. Lewis, who wrote that he "loved Balder before Christ."

Even more recently in reading the Volsungasaga, I was interested to find this little tidbit: "The child was sprinkled with water and named Sigurd." Even in the most minute details of their cultural life, God was preparing the Northern Europeans for the gospel, and Christian baptism.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I think things like that can be found throughout other cultures. It's cool. :-)
-the awesome sis