The Healing Art of Classic Literature

Classic literature takes you from where you are and sets you in the company of the wise, the deep, the wounded.

Lately, I have been diving more into literature. I’ve always had a love of old literature, especially classic literature.

These days I have found a healing component to classic literature that perhaps others may share as well. See, there’s a reason classic literature has lasted for centuries. There’s a reason we still study classic literature, even down to the bare bones of the sentence structure or verbiage. I have found several characteristics in reading classic literature that has had healing sort of effect on me.


Come the Eventide by Chris Riker

Imagine the earth in shattered remains of what it is now. Creatures are in a deficit. Humans are fighting for insignificant materials as they neglect what truly matters while their environment falls apart around them. Just when you think it’s the end, hope is found in the strangest of places. A seven-armed Octopod named Septielle sees the world differently than her sea creature counterparts, the way it once was and the way it should be. She has a vision of the earth restored to its former glory but dies before she can see it come to fruition. After her passing, a dolphin named Muriel takes on this mission and enlists a human named Anadare to work alongside her. They strive to fight and speak out against those that are destroying the earth and go to war against pirates who are out to kill the earth and all of those that stand in their way. But will the pirates, tourists, leaders, or even the people on the right or left, be able to put aside their differences to send Muriel on the greatest journey they could ever imagine?


The Last Thing She Said by Lauren Carr

Mercedes Livingston is a well known and beloved author of murder mysteries in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  Bored and sitting at the library with his mother and amongst a crowd of fans, a young 7 year old Chris Matheson bumps into Livingston and the last thing he hears her say is, “I’m working on the greatest mystery ever.” After that, she is never seen or heard from again. Fast forward years later, adult Chris Matheson receives a letter from Mercedes Livingston after the shocking death of his mother’s best friend. Questions arise as they pour over this mystery and the Geezer Squad rises up to solve this case.


Imagination in Creation

We are earthly creators for the heavenly realm. We are inventors and innovators in this world for the world beyond.

Imagine, if you will, what it was like when you were young and had that visionary sparkle in your eye. Maybe you spent your time with your eyes towards the sky and imagined the stars falling, befriending you, and running amongst the dark green fields coming to play. Maybe you imagined dragons and hairless wart hogs to ride on into the morning sun to fight your enemies. Perhaps as a child you played in the sprinklers and you imagined the water drops become icy droplets of snow in the heat of summer.


Book Review: The Quiet Light by Louis De Wohl

“What is God?”

“What is God?” was one of the first questions raised by the young gifted Thomas Aquinas. An intelligent, contemplative young monk, Thomas spent a majority of his time in quiet study and writing about God, Theology and philosophy and such matters of his faith. Thomas’ journey takes the reader through the fascinating inward ruminations of Thomas to forbidden loves and the ruthlessness of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. The Quiet Light weaves these three elements together in roughly equal proportions but the center of it all is a story of what formed the thinking of Thomas Aquinas. What we read is a taste of his philosophy and theology that impacted the world around him and will soon become what many Christian philosophers and theologians know as ‘Thomistic philosophy”.