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Goodness, so many! "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall" by Anne Bronte (going to start this book this week hopefully), "Rebecca" by Daphne Du Maurie, "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett, "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson, to name just a few. (Also just to squeeze those two in, "Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen and "Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell!)
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I have so many favourite. Biographies would include: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (I'm re-reading it with my studies for maybe the 4th or 5th time at the moment!), God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew, Selected To Live by Johanna Ruth Dobschiner, Vanya by Myrna Grant, Through the Gates of Splendour by Elisabeth Elliot, The Happiest People on Earth Demos Schaerian, Secret Believers by Brother Andrew; the devotional/spiritual reads would include (but are not limited too) Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot, Death by Living by N.D. Wilson, With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray, Christ is All! by Ruth Bryan
Ancient Israel and Rome and Egypt, medieval and early modern Europe and England, the Puritan era, and World War 1 and 2 worldwide. . .
Two books come to mind. The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas inspired me to write fiction, but particularly historical fiction set in Ancient Rome (my word, that book felt like such an exciting and life-changing for me at 12!), and Vanya by Myrna Grant, a biography on the life of Ivan Moseyev, a young Christian soldier during the Soviet Union, and a martyr for his faith. That book so moved me and challenged me, and made me long with all my heart to live a life whole-heartedly given to the Lord, in life and death. It was so powerful!
And I guess I could not leave this question without mentioning The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. It has been the most life-changing as well as inspiring work of fiction I've ever read.
"The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables..."
Because as I look into my life I realize just how powerful stories in literature has been in my life and in my walk with Christ, in the way I've grown and developed. It's taught me to give thanks, praise the Lord, and view the world and our human hearts more closely, with more empathy, humility and tender-compassion as well as grief, I think . . . it has taught me to appreciate truth and beauty, light and hope in a powerful way. It has brought to the forefront themes, issues and struggles that I've dealt with in my personal life and in my relationship with the Lord, as well as issues I see those around me struggle with daily. It's a bit like I've been speaking of earlier in this tag - how stories reach and touch our hearts before we're convinced and challenged with our minds; how parables, tales and stories have been such a crucial part of people's lives for centuries beyond count. Great tales, either feined or true (basically history) have taught me so much about Christian virtues and the moral struggles of the human heart through the spectrum of people and their lives. It's so hard to explain, and I feel I am just prattling on and not communicating myself too well. Anything in our lives can so easily become our idols, and in that sense, literature and tales can be dangerous (like so many beautiful things in life when not in their proper place and order in our lives!). Christ must be at the centre of all things, His Word our most Precious Jewel, and our Light and Guide. He should hold all our affections and hopes - our minds and hearts should be guided by His Spirit alone! Yet, in its proper place, stories and the splendour of literature is a glorious and rich gift from God that we must treasure, use and rejoice in! He Himself is a Storyteller, the Grand Weaver of our lives, and our Author. Surely He who has given the Gift would want us to use it for His glory and honour. Surely God has given us the art of expressing ourselves in prose, poetry and tales for a deep purpose as much as He has given us the beauty of a rose, a songbird or the stars (seemingly unimportant in the major things of life, yet gloriously beautiful objects of His creation).
I love the way C.S. Lewis put it (well, doesn't he put a lot of things rather well?):
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. . . it has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival." C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves.
I don't know why I threw hard questions at myself! I suppose though, that if I had to pick a setting (as a mandatory request), I would pick the countryside of England during WW2 - it was such a sad and painful era that I know I am blessed not to have lived under, yet it calls to me because we face so many struggles that they did! Besides, I love the English countryside so much, and the 1940s is one of my favourite time-periods in the sense of its vintage-ness and charm. For a second I'd pick the Neoplonic Wars in Europe. . . :P (I like tough eras, seemingly!)
I've already mentioned this before, but my favourite book for Jane Austen is Persuasion (followed closely by Northanger Abbey). I love those two novels very much. But I think my favourite Austen film/tv adaption would be the 2009 BBC miniseries adaption of Emma with Romala Garai and Johnny Lee Miller - that is such a fun, delightful adaption! It is so funny and bright and wonderful, but also so happy and beautiful at the end ^_^.
(Sense and Sensibility 2008 and Northanger Abbey -the new adaptions are two of my other favourite Jane Austen adaptions as well).
A cozy nook for me would be in couch or armchair by a fireplace in the winter, and by a window facing the sea-breeze and sunshine in the summer, preferably with a downy light, bookcases near me; a little curtain would be an amazing little addition!
The Keys of the Kingdom by A. J. Cronin. I love that book deeply, though it is not talked of often, or probably very well-known by modern readers. My dad, who doesn't read a lot of fiction these days (he read a lot when he was younger, but now he mainly sticks with non-fiction), recommended this book to me a few years ago, as he remembered the story to be a deeply moving tale. As a family we watched the black-and-white film adaption with Gregory Peck, and fell in love with the story so much, I had to pick up the book. I loved it so much! The writing is beautiful, descriptive and the characters are vividly portrayed. The themes of living humbly the Christian life are beautifully displayed in the main protagonist, Father Francis Chisholm. This is one book that has so deeply moved and inspired me, and made a positive impact on my life. I highly recommend it, especially to those who love the biographical-style, literary novels of the 1930s and 40s. Just go and read it, okay?
18. Do you have a favourite Parable that the Lord Jesus told? What inspires and encourages you the most about it?
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is very dear to my heart and never fails to move me very deeply.
The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom and The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. I've read those two more times than I can remember, and don't ever get tired of picking them up all over again.
I do occasionally scorch my cooking, and things turn out a little overcooked, but I am learning to get better at it, and I really enjoy it! As for homemaking (like housecleaning), I think I've become a pro, mostly out of necessity. . . but I love vacuum cleaning, mopping, washing and drying dishes (eh, most times anyway), tidying up and organising, etc. It's all good fun!
I've been intimidated to read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy more because of their stupendous size than anything else. But I am really eager to read them soon and dig into more Russian and French literature!
The Chronicles of Narnia series (please, please make The Last Battle!), a better adaption of Persuasion and Mansfield Park, and an adaption for some of Rosemary Sutcliff's novels would be wonderful.
Most of them are dead, sadly, but if I could have met C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien I would have told them how their books have changed and influenced my life and been a great inspiration to me!
Oh dear, I could NOT narrow it down to one author or one quote. I am so bad at this tag thing :P
"Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can't carry it for you... but I can carry you!" - Samwise Gamgee, The Return of the King (by J.R.R. Tolkien)
"I'm glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things." Frodo Baggins, The Return of the King (by J.R.R. Tolkien)
"Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, at the sounds of his roar, sorrows will be no more, when he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, and when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again. - C.S. Lewis (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe).
"On some such nights as this she remembered promising herself to live as brave and noble a life as any heroine she ever read or heard of in romance, a life sans peur et sans reproche; it had seemed to her then that she had only to will, and such a life would be accomplished. And now she had learnt that not only to will, but also to pray, was a necessary condition in the truly heroic. Trusting to herself, she had fallen." - Elisabeth Gaskell, North and South
"I wanted to see the place where Margaret grew to what she is, even at the worst time of all, when I had no hope of ever calling her mine..." - Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
"Be guided, only by the healer of the sick, the raiser of the dead, the friend of all who were afflicted and forlorn, the patient Master who shed tears of compassion for our infirmities. We cannot but be right if we put all the rest away, and do everything in remembrance of Him. There is no vengeance and no afliction of suffering in His life, I am sure. There can be no confusion in following Him, and seeking for no other footsteps, I am certain!" - Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit.
"I sometimes think that we stand at sunset," Eugenus said after a pause. "It amy be that the night will close over us in the end, but I believe that morning will come again. Morning always grows again out of the darkness, though maybe not for the people who saw the sun go down. We are the Lantern Bearers, my friend; for us to keep something burning, to carry what light we can forward into the darkness and the wind." - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers26. What is your greatest wish/purpose in picking up your own pen and writing?