C.S. Lewis, Harry Potter and the Transforming Power of Evil (Beware of Spoilers!)

There has been a continuing theme in fiction that when we make evil choices, it changes our person, our being, who we are.

One example can be seen in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, specifically in Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  The story chronicles the kids’ adventures while aboard a ship, the Dawn Treader.  The ship lands on an island, and as the rest of the children are working, a character named Eustace sneaks away in order to avoid work.  He comes upon a dragon who is guarding its treasure, while in the midst of dying.  After the dragon dies, Eustace explores the dragon’s treasure, eventually stealing for himself a bracelet which he puts on. Afterwords, Eustace falls asleep. Continue reading

Book Review: Ted Dekker’s Tea With Hezbollah (co-authored with Carl Medearis)

Let me say right from the beginning—I am a huge fan of Ted Dekker’s works of fiction.  I was unsure of what to expect from this book, though, as it is the first non-fiction work of his that I have read.  I was not disappointed.

Tea With Hezbollah focuses on the central teaching of Jesus that one ought to love their neighbors, including their enemies, as they love themselves.  This is a teaching that Jews, Christians and Muslims alike would acknowledge as beneficial, but it is also a teaching that all of us have failed to live out—both in our everyday lives and in the situation in the Middle East.  In part, Dekker seeks to understand what it might mean to live out this teaching, and why it is hard to do so. Continue reading