Many years ago, an emperor of China desired to know how the commoners of his country lived, so Emperor Long dressed in disguise and walked among the people. His servants refused to let him go alone, but he forbade them to reveal that he was the emperor. During his time with the commoners, they found an inn and ordered some food. During the meal, he poured his servant a cup of tea. The servant, horrified that his emperor would serve him, wanted to show his gratitude, so he tapped his first two ... Read More about Was Susan Pevensie’s Lipstick More Dangerous than the White Witch?
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“Christian fantasy? Oh, that’s full of nasty stuff!” She dropped my book like it was Turkish Delight from the White Witch and backed away from the table. Selling young adult Christian fantasy books at live events always brings a few characters, but this lady left me speechless. She marched off to the table next to me and glanced at the titles there. She grabbed one book and turned back to me, holding it up, “Christian romance. Now here are good books!” She proceeded to buy five (count t ... Read More about Why You Want Your Child to Love Fantasy Books
Queen Susan the Gentle from the Chronicles of Narnia is a round peg for a square hole. I say that as nicely as I can, for I have never been one to follow the crowd. But Susan Pevensie continues to surprise me, kind of like that onion that you peel and keeps getting bigger. As a child, I didn’t pay Susan Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia much thought. I was too caught up with the battles, the quests, and the adventure. (Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read The Last Battle, here's a twi ... Read More about Susan Pevensie: A Striking Contradiction in a Land of Warriors
We know we are not to judge by appearance, but I must admit that I did when I first met Molly the Mustang. (Trust me. I get to Susan Pevensie in a moment. Stay with me for a bit...) In my defense, I’ve only seen a wild horse a couple of times, and I’ve read lots of books filled about the beauty of mustangs. And to be terribly honest, I was disappointed. Molly didn’t have any great beauty. She cautiously lipped the grain from my hand but leapt back five feet when I reached to pet her nose. I decid ... Read More about Was Queen Susan more powerful than High King Peter?
What does a fierce dragon, pink tennis shoes, and a pebble have in common? As we know, a dragon is a familiar part of a fantasy story. The dragon may be evil as in The Hobbit, or it may be a kindred spirit as in the recent Eragon, but in both stories, when a dragon is present, you don't have to look too far for adventure. My two young daughters put on their pink tennis shoes to leave the house while singing a song about going on an adventure. They never have to look too far to find ... Read More about How You can Seize Your Adventure