The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing

The Christian Imagination The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing The Christian Imagination brings together in a single source the best that has been written about the relationship between literature and the Christian faith This anthology covers all of the major top

  • Title: The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing
  • Author: Leland Ryken
  • ISBN: 9780877881230
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Christian Imagination brings together in a single source the best that has been written about the relationship between literature and the Christian faith This anthology covers all of the major topics that fall within this subject and includes essays and excerpts from fifty authors, including C.S Lewis, Flannery O Connor, Dorothy Sayers, and Frederick Buechner.

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    1. This is an extraordinary treasure of thought-provoking reflections, by many of my favorite authors (including Lewis, Tolkien, and Chesterton). The sections on “Imagination, Beauty and Creativity” and “Myth and Fantasy” were particularly rich, at times enchanting. “In Praise of Stories” was one of many intriguing articles I intend to go back to. I would read one or two of these delicacies, then force myself to put the book down, to contemplate what I’d read, yes, but also to ration [...]

    2. Awesome. Helped fight my natural inclination to write off (booh) the beauty of writing, of telling a story, of art. I am inclined to propositional thinking, but sometimes my propositional attitude forgets that propositions are supernatural. Our propositions contain more of heaven and hell than we know. I.e. though propositions are thought to be understood only by the intellect, yet it is our souls, and the reality in which our souls live and breathe and move, in which the propositions in our min [...]

    3. You don't have to agree with every essay in this wonderful book but I assure you, in every page you will find good food for the thought.I will not put this book away on a distant shelf; I want it always at hand.

    4. This book was given to me by one of my high school English teachers, Jonathan Koch, to recognize me for my service as president of the Creative Writers' Guild. It was the perfect gift. As a christian and an aspiring author I've long considered Lewis and Tolkien my primary role models, so reading about the creation of the Chronicles of Narnia and about Tolkien's thoughts on the purpose of fantasy was a joy. The philosophy of literature defended in this book puts many of my own half-formed theorie [...]

    5. This book belongs on the shelf of every Christian creative working in whatever medium, format, or genre. If you’ve been uncertain about the proper use of your talents and imagination within a Christian lifestyle - or faced misunderstanding or outright challenges from fellow believers, this book is for you. There’s a perception in many Christian circles that a walk of faith necessarily restricts or discourages the human imagination. On the contrary - it unleashed it. Being made in the image o [...]

    6. One of my favorite books on writing. It’s basically a collection of essays by brilliant literary minds about the purpose of writing, how to write, and basically anything and everything having to do with writing. You have essays on the purpose of literature, on viewing literature as a form of art, on why modern-day Christian fiction is weak, and so many other fascinating topics. Poetry, fantasy, realism, narrative—it’s all in here. We have stuff by J.R.R. Tolkien, Francis Schaeffer, Flanner [...]

    7. Having read this book in one hard slog, I now see it will be most valuable to return to in dipping in and out, as the various essays and quotes become more relevant. Be that as it may, I don't regret reading it in one go: this book taught me a lot that I already knew, and a lot that I didn't. It is comforting to read the thoughts of people who love books, words and reading like I do, and inspiring to listen to them reinforce again and again the importance of all kinds of literature.

    8. This book is meant to be chewed slowly, leaving time between bites for the digestive processes to work.Key Quotes:It is evident on every page of his writings that Augustine was impacted for the good by his classical reading in spite of his cynical teachers and his own scruples, and sometimes he is not unaware of it. The pagan Cicero’s Hortensius was a major influence leading to his conversion to Christ. It “quite altered my affection, turned my prayers to thyself, O Lord, and made me have cl [...]

    9. I had thought to call this book boring - which might have been a sad indictment on the titular subject. It's taken me a long time to get through it, and the reading often felt like wading.Although it's a symposium of a wide array of Christian thinkers (nearly 50 of them) holding differing views, it seems to me the parts of the book that get the most bogged down are where it assumes that something called the 'Christian imagination' is a unified, singular thing that can be defined, and that good C [...]

    10. Amazing. Wish I'd read it sooner. This'll help hammer out anyone's theology of art, especially fiction.

    11. What a beautiful and important set of essays, expounding upon the vital role of imagination as "an act of hope, a challenge to fate the weaver of culture."

    12. I really enjoyed this book. Not every essay was great, but a lot of them were. The best part was the variety. There were long articles, short articles and lists of quotes. There were older writers and newer ones. There were articles on reading, writing, poetry, movies, fantasy, realism and why reading is such fun. There were various types of Protestants, as well as Roman Catholics. Some of the authors included were Francis Schaeffer, George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Wendell Berry, G [...]

    13. I love this book! What a fantastic compilation of critical essays from esteemed Christian authors! I could pull a sentence from half of the paragraphs in this book worthy of being plastered on my wall. I’ve always wanted to find author’s perspectives on storytelling from a Christian perspective, and here it is, beginning with Sir Philip Sydney’s The Defense of Poesy back in 1580 to present authors such as Richard Terrel and Leland Ryken himself. The dialogue is ongoing, and I hope someday [...]

    14. This is a long and fairly dense read which, I think, is of greatest appeal to those interested in literature--either by way of study and enjoyment, or by way of the writing of it. Worthwhile. After reading for a bit in fits and starts, I found it helpful to read a section each day. Close enough in time to stay with themes; separated enough in time to chew on the content. I am happy to say that the collection of essays did not, for me, become repetitive and no part of the book was a waste of time [...]

    15. A great book about having a Christian perspective towards imagination and art, specifically writing. It's split into ten sections (A Christian Philosophy of Literature; Imagination, Beauty and Creativity; To Teach and Delight; The Christian Writer; The Christian Reader; State of the Art: Success and Failure in Current Christian Fiction and Poetry; Realism; Myth and Fantasy; Poetry; and Narrative) with various articles, viewpoints, and quotes included in each. Great material for anyone who reads, [...]

    16. I think the best way to read this book is to simply bounce around to the different writers and topics(since they are all essays and papers.)I personally enjoyed the pieces written by actual poets and writers like C.S. Lewis, Flannery O'Conner, T.S. Eliot and the rest because I was interested to see how a "Christian" writer goes about developing his artwork. I don't know if I really found an answer to this question or a satisfying one at that. I think the essays are mostly about helping to fix mi [...]

    17. I read bits and pieces of this book while doing research for a paper. The pieces I read were great. How theology, literature, imagination, and narrative intersect is an interest area of mine. Ryken is a major player in this field, so I anticipate coming back to this book in the future. I was also glad that it was written at a thorough, but not overly academic level. It's an undergraduate reading level and avoids unnecessary complication with insider lingo. Recommended!

    18. Excellently organized and researched book -- And for that, I give it 5 stars.However, it personally didn't say much to myself. I had certain hopes and expectations coming into it, which weren't met, but that's my fault and not the books. I was looking for something less deep and on a slightly more superficial level. Still, excellent RESOURCE book and i'll definitely keep it on hand.

    19. I just keep reading Flanner O'Connor's essay, "Novelist and Believer" over and over again. She has such wisdom and insight into our culture, into the despair and hopelessness that seems to overshadow us. There is one line that follows something like this "and some have domesticated their despair and learned to live with it--celebrate it, even"

    20. Potentially the most essential volume on the relationship between Christianity and creativity, featuring essays and quotes from Christian leaders and scholars, as well as literary heavyweights such as Flannery O'Connor, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy Sayers, and others.

    21. Essays by Tolkien, Lewis, L'Engle, Chesterton, O'Connor, and other equally capable authors all compiled into this wonderful volume. I don't think there is a more edifying and uplifting anthology out there.

    22. I used this excellent resource as my devotional for the year. Ryken compiles various articles from some of the best minds interested in the intersection between faith and writing and reading. I wish I had this book in graduate school! I know I will be using this as a reference for years to come.

    23. Great collection of articles that connect, discuss, and reflect on Christian faith, literature, and writing.

    24. If the phrase "a must read" has lost all meaning, this book forcefully redefines it. If you read, if you write, this book should be on your shelf.

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