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Reading scary stories, romance, and imaging God

I’ve never been a fan of horror movies. In fact, when my dad and sister used to watch them together, I would almost always find something‚ÄĒanything‚ÄĒelse to do. In another room. Outside, if the weather was nice. I’m not a fan of gore, but I am a fan of stories that create an emotional response, particularly ones that cause some genuine fear and excitement. And I enjoy sharing these with my kids (in age-appropriate ways, of course).

But what’s the benefit of this? Why should we engage these kinds of stories? That’s what N.D. Wilson and I discuss in part two of our conversation on Reading Writers.

Also in this episode, we discuss:

  • Wilson’s love for and collection of C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy;
  • How reading is connected to imaging God; and
  • Why you should read romance of the Jane Austen variety‚Ķ just not schlocky ones.

Be sure to check out Wilsons books, including the 100 Cupboards and Outlaws of Time series, which are available through most major booksellers. And b sure to take advantage of the special offer he mentions at the end of the program: purchase Outlaws of Time books one or two and send your receipt to sam_at_outlawsoftime.com, and you’ll gain access to a free writing course.

Thanks for listening to this episode of Reading Writers. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a rating and review on iTunes. Your feedback really does help more people find the show. Tune in next time as I’m joined by Max McLean to talk about plays, poetry and CS Lewis.

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