How Fairy Tales Make Children Better Humans

Bruno Bettelheim on fairy tales and children: There is a widespread refusal to let children know that the source of much that goes wrong in life is due to our very own natures–the propensity of all men for acting aggressively, asocially, selfishly, out of anger and anxiety. Instead, we want our children to believe that, [Read More…]

Why Bible-Lovers Should be Bibliophiles

Rick Ritchie argues that Bible-lovers should be bibliophiles: “. . . my call is not merely for Christians to read, but to read more, to read more broadly, to read more broadly together.” There are three stages in the history of God’s people which can be used to show three ways Christians can benefit from reading. [Read More…]

25 Favorite Short Stories

In his Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Pierce defined a novel as “a short story padded.” This is an all too apt description. The inability to prune a story to its essential story is an unfortunate quality shared by many modern writers and the primary reason that bookshelves are filled with bloated novels. William Faulkner once wondered if [Read More…]