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Tales of Faith

Tales of Faith

A Guide to Sharing the Gospel through Literature

by Holly Ordway

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How can we share the Gospel and make disciples in our modern culture? Many people, including young people from Christian homes, are walking away from the faith, or have never had it presented to them in a compelling manner. However, our polemical, distracted media environment makes it difficult to have thoughtful discussions about anything. In this context, literature and the arts have a powerful role to play by providing an engaging and inviting way to share the Christian faith.

In Tales of Faith, Holly Ordway shows how literature—and especially old literature—can foster fruitful discussions that allow us to meet people where they are and help them move closer to knowing Christ, or to knowing and loving him more fully and deeply. Here, readers will find a practical, accessible guide to using literature to discuss topics such as the nature of God, virtues and vices, the Crucifixion, longing and sadness, and much more. For each literary text, Ordway provides an introductory essay, a selection from the text (or the whole poem for short pieces), questions for discussion or personal reflection, activities, and recommended resources.

Drawing from ancient classics like the Odyssey and the Aeneid and medieval masterpieces like Beowulf and the Divine Comedy, and providing both practical advice and spiritual guidance for the reader, Tales of Faith offers teachers, parents, and all lovers of classic literature an invaluable resource for sharing the faith through story.

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Publisher: Word on Fire Institute
ISBN: 9781685780128
Binding: Hardcover
Page count: 192
Dimensions: 15.88 x 23.5 (cm)
Thickness: 2.03 (cm)
Language: English
Release date: Jul 18, 2022
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About the Author

Holly Ordway is the Cardinal Francis George Professor of Faith and Culture at the Word on Fire Institute and Visiting Professor of Apologetics at Houston Christian University. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies. Her book Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages received the 2022 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies.

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“Ordway is a strong and much needed apologist for the classics. But she is also a discerning one. Avoiding both a chronological snobbery that dismisses the past as ignorant and out of date and a hide-bound, name-dropping cultural elitism that prides itself on its superior taste, Ordway calls for humble readers who are willing to ‘engage with the culture of the past and engage with the culture of the present.’ . . . Ordway succeeds well in inviting her readers to engage fully with literature and, in the process, become better Christians and evangelists.”

Louis Markos, Professor in English and Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities at Houston Baptist University, in St Austin Review

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