God of the Fairy Tale
Finding Truth in the Land of Make-Believe
By Jim Ware
(Shaw Books, Hardcover, 9780877880493, 192pp.)
Publication Date: October 21, 2003
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What Treasures Are Hidden in the Enchanted Woods?
More than just bedtime traditions, more than simple children’s literature, the most enduring stories are echoes of the greatest of all stories, the Gospel. God of the Fairy Tale is a collection of spiritual reflections on the truths found in classic fairy tales, truths that point us to the ultimate Truth about God, redemption, and ourselves.
Delving into twenty classic folk and fairy tales, God of the Fairy Tale leads us into the mystical landscape of elves, goblins, and talking animals to reveal the jewels of truth that hide inside these most simple of stories. Through the fables of Snow White, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and many others, we discover a perspective not unlike that of the Bible–a world of people trying to be something more, questing to do good in a realm fraught with evil, where a turn of the tables leaves the strong defeated and the weak victorious.
Each tale is presented along with a meditation on the spiritual and theological themes present. God of the Fairy Tale will warm your heart with a world of characters, creatures, and circumstances that spin an entertaining yarn and affirm the most essential Christian worldviews.
Jim Ware is a longtime book enthusiast who grew up savoring childhood classics like Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. He is a graduate of UCLA (B.A. in Classics–Latin and Greek Language and Literature) and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A. in Biblical Studies with special emphasis on Semitic Languages). Jim is also the author of several children’s novels and coauthor of Finding God in the Lord of the Rings. He is a Celtic musician, a storyteller, and an amateur folklorist. A native of Southern California, he now lives in Colorado with his wife and six children.
“Jim Ware offers a compelling explanation of not only how literature transforms the soul, but how traditional stories, myths, and fairy tales have 'come true' in Christ! Especially helpful for the 'literature-challenged.'”
–Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man radio broadcast