"The problem is we have been turned into strangers, aliens in our own country by materialism, pragmatism, and many other isms. We’ve unlearned the art of storytelling and thus become uncomfortable in our skin.

Because of this, we no longer know how to read or discern stories. And it’s hard work. Many Christians, therefore, try to find an easy recipe by which to quickly label or divide good stories from bad without having to do the work of figuring it out."

You stated this so well. I've been convicted lately that most people, especially me, don't know how to read. We open and book and either 1) "analyze" or reduce it into a simplistic allegory, or 2) grade it based on its attitudes towards modern controversial topics (such as gender roles).

I am excited to read more of your insights on stories, reading, and biblical discernment! Your class for adults also sounds intriguing. I would love to hear your thoughts on a few middle-grade/YA science fiction and fantasy titles:

- Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" and maybe "A Wind in the Door"

- K.E. Ormsbee's "The House in Poplar Wood"

- Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series

- Emily Whitman's "The Turning"

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