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God of the Fairy Tale: Finding Truth in the Land of Make-Believe [Hardcover]

By Jim Ware (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.62" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.56 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 21, 2003
Publisher   Shaw Books
ISBN  0877880492  
EAN  9780877880493  

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God of the Fairy Tale examines twenty classic fairy tales in an attempt to ferret out the truth that lies at the heart of all man-made myths. Author Jim Ware, coauthor of Finding God in the Lord of the Rings, argues that the best fairy tales reflect 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 fairy tale is retold in a narrative style followed by a brief but substantial reflection on the spiritual and theological themes present in the story. Readers will find biblically accurate and relevant insight into stories they have known since their childhood. Parents will find God of the Fairy Tale especially helpful as they introduce their children to the stories of Hansel and Gretel, Peter Pan, Cinderella, and other classic folk tales.< With an emphasis on art appreciation, Ware shows how the most enduring fairy tales reflect the common desires of all human hearts and introduces the Gospel as a fairy tale come true. God of the Fairy Tale is perfect for folk tale enthusiasts or someone looking for a point of contact with non-believers who are passionate about fantasy fiction.

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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 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
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.

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Jim Ware is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary and is now a writer living in Colorado Springs. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling Finding God in the Lord of the Rings (with Kurt Bruner), as well as numerous books for children.


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i wish i'd thought of it  Aug 5, 2006
Jim Ware must think like I do. When I read through his musings on fairy tales and their connections with spiritual truths I kept thinking, "Yes! Exactly!"

Even though some of the connections are a bit of a stretch, you'll enjoy seeing truth in teh land of make-believe and getting a fresh vision of the images of the Gospel by reading this book.
Spiritual Truth  May 24, 2004
I found the universal themes of literature discussed in relationship with the universal state of man to be fascinating. The retelling of the crucial fairytale scenes at the beginning of a chapter captured my interest, then the delivery of a lucid analogy to a spiritual truth opened my eyes to a new interpretation of the familiar stories. This is a book to ponder and the way it is written makes the pondering enjoyable.
Enriched and Enlivened  Dec 23, 2003
With a title and a cover like this, how can you not be intrigued. God...Fairy Tale...Do these belong together in the same phrase?

Ware tackles an issue long ignored by the Christian world: the truth that's inherent in myth and fable. He writes with clarity and beauty, shedding light on the lessons of life that pulse beneath the surface of numerous fairy tales. Not only does he give us deeper understanding of literary device and the original versions of many stories (for example, I was surprised by the real ending of "The Little Mermaid"), he helps us find spiritual meaning.

"God of the Fairy Tale" is a book that even a kid could appreciate, but it resonates with richness and insight. With short, palatable chapters, Ware divvies out his ideas and leaves us enriched and enlivened in the process.


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