Life Lessons Learned From Fantasy
Happy February. Betchya didn’t know that February is Fantasy month, did ya? It sure is. Hey, if there can be a month dedicated to peanuts (yay! love peanuts) there can be one for fantasy.
The whole Fantasy Month idea was hatched (out of a dragon egg, no doubt) by author Jenelle Schmidt. I actually have another fantasy themed post I’ll be rolling out shortly, but today I’m kicking things off with another one of Jenelle’s fantastical ideas, a little blog question and answer game. And since you know how much I love literary games, I couldn’t resist taking part.
The rules go, uh-like-so:
- Link back to Jenelle’s blog
- Use the image above
- Tell us 5-10 lessons you’ve learned from reading a fantasy book (or watching a fantasy movie) – lessons can come from multiple sources, as well, of course
- Tag 2-4 other bloggers to keep the game going
So, ready for the fun? Here we go!
The Hobbit is the book that began my love of reading. Each time I read it, I like it more, which is the mark of a truly great classic. The Hobbit taught me that it’s a good thing to take risks, to listen to that inner adventurer inside all of us. It also taught me that wits and cleverness can win the day, even when facing a dragon!
The Wise Woman or the Lost Princess: A Double Story
This beautiful fairy tale by George MacDonald is one of my all time favorite works of fiction. Every page is dripping with truth. Though it’s just a short story, it has more truth per square inch than most novels. Reading this story is like having the author sit you down and hold a mirror in front of your face for several hours. “Oh, no, am I really that wretched?” you’ll be tempted to say. And yet as troubling as it can be to see ourselves in MacDonald’s divine light, the hope offered in the form of the Wise Woman’s advice heals that wound and returns it with a double blessing.
This story taught me how easy it is to want to be Somebody and how ugly life can be when that is my only focus. It also showed me how I justify my behavior and how tempting it is to prefer my own will to God’s. But, oh, the surpassing patience and tender mercy of Christ, not only to take me in my awful state, but to love me enough to not just leave me there. Sometimes growth is painful and his lessons can seem hard in the moment, but the end is goodness upon goodness everlasting.
I recently re-read this story and though I’ve written a review on the collection in which it appears, I plan on writing one just focussing on this story. It’s that amazing.
Monster in the Hollows
The third book in the Wingfeather Saga, this one really hammered home the importance of family, especially fathers. In today’s world, fathers don’t get the respect the deserved. Part of this is the fault of some really bad fathers out there, but it’s a shame our society looks at men this way. Because it’s the kids who ultimately suffer from this perspective. Kids need a mom and a dad. Those raised without a father will live life wounded and never be quite whole. And that truth really shines forth in this book.
And now it’s time to pass on the torch. Here are my nominations for people I’d love to hear tell about what they’ve learned from fantasy stories.
And I’d love to hear in the comments anything you’ve learned from a fantasy body. Because that’s one of the best things about reading, isn’t it? Learning and growing in wisdom and truth.