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…

Creed Without Chaos

Book Review:
Creed without Chaos: Exploring Theology in the Writings of Dorothy L. Sayers


This was an excellent book on several levels. Overall the book intends to be an introduction to the theological thought of Dorothy Sayers. In the first section, the author summarizes Sayers's approach to theology. A good case is made for lay theology and for classical education, as the author shows that Sayers's broad literary background gave her the ability to uniquely translate theological concepts into a form understood by modern men and women. The second section of the book gives a summary of Sayers's thought on the various areas of Christian theology addressed in her work.

I appreciated the fact that the author doesn't force Sayers into a pre-made mold as many Sayers critics do. Sayers was a very complex woman, and Laura Simmons recognizes this fact. The footnotes in the book are as interesting as the main text, and I came away with so many great quotations from Sayers that I had never before encountered. Finally, the book is lucidly written from start to finish in such a way as to be both academic and accessible to anyone. This is one of the best books on Sayers's work that I have read.

Comments

Laura Simmons said…
Thanks for the nice review, Rick! :)
hopeinbrazil said…
Great review. I'll be on the lookout for this one.
Rick said…
Laura, I did enjoy the book very much. Now I want to find a copy of the letters between Sayers and Lewis.
Suburbanbanshee said…
I'm glad you say it takes a complex view. Most books about Sayers make me want to throw the book out the window, followed by the author. (And Ngaio Marsh was amazingly catty in some of her remarks about Sayers, which she followed up with complaints about people saying the same sorts of things about her as she'd just been saying about Sayers.)

(Darn that fallible humanity of dead writers I respect!)