• [Editor’s note: Our theme for today at North Wind Manor’s Opening Week is art, and Kyra Hinton has contributed this meditation on a phrase that we use quite a bit at the Rabbit Room—”art nourishes community and c […]

  • Hi. I’m Linda, and I live in Alabama. I’m late to the group, but I’ve been a George MacDonald reader for many years. I was introduced when an AWANA leader gave me one of the novels edited by Michael Phillips. She specifically told me that I probably wouldn’t really like it yet, but to give it a year or two and then I would love it- I was about 10.…[Read more]

  • Always good to see you, PhiL! 😉😄

  • I grew up in Narnia & Middle-Earth, then found out about and enjoyed The Princess and the Goblin (and sequel) as a young adult. Last summer I listened via zoom to his Light Princess and Golden Key stories read aloud. I’ve always wanted to unlock what enchanted Lewis so, but have only ever skimmed a page or two of Phantastes. Pondering and…[Read more]

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  • I’ve been exposed to some brutal butchering stories over the course of my life, but a few years ago I watched my uncle and cousins butcher chickens, and it gave me a new insight. Taking the life of a creature is a holy act, you can do it well, with practiced skill and thanksgiving. Awe is not too strong a word to describe my feeling of watching…[Read more]

  • I may not be able to participate much in the forums, but my family is looking forward to following along with the reading and videos as much as we can amidst this season. My husband Brett, 12yo daughter Norah, and I live in the Frozen North, otherwise known as the Minnesota prairie, where we tap the maple trees to boil the sap down to syrup at the…[Read more]

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  • One of the most brilliant aspects of The Faerie Queene also makes this work inaccessible to most modern readers. For approximately 35,000 lines, Spenser writes in verse (tight poetic form).

    Because I’m a r […]

  • It’s mid-July and unusually hot for Oxford. Sweat rolls down your spine, and your feet are on fire. Half a block down, you see an indie bookshop. No air conditioning, but they have a basement.

    Eighteen s […]

    • Yes! The Faerie Queene is one of my all-time favorites. I’m mighty glad you’re doing this. And transposition…I’m so glad you hit on that word instead of “translation.” I was worried about that.

    • This makes me excited. Especially because my favorite young weirdo will be right in that sweet spot when it’s finished.

    • I’m in! Sounds like an epic worth reading!

    • I’ve loved The Faerie Queene since discovering it in college so many moons ago. But I confess to feeling a little bit miffed that I can’t get away with sneaking into The Order of the Red Cross…

  • The weird thing is, I’ve never liked U2. From the few short clips I’d seen, Bono seemed arrogant and intentionally obtuse. Pictures of U2 concerts felt too big and too flashy to be sincere. I didn’t like how u […]

    • Whew. This really spoke to me this morning. Thanks for these thoughts; I’ve has a similar journey with Bono.

    • I was a U2 from 1999 to 2015 – probably to an unhealthy level. I studied the music, analyzed the lyrics, found the touchstones of those lyrics in Scripture, memorized The Edge’s gear settings (down to how many milleseconds of delay for most of their songs – Streets? 354. Bad? About 437 for the main delay – there’s a second in series . . . and on and on . . .). I loved going to their shows, and I attended them all over the U.S: Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, Nashville, Had tickets to Hawaii before Edge’s daughter got sick and they cancelled). I bought the books on Bono’s faith . . . I collected pastors’ sermon notes that incorporated U2’s lyrics. I did it all, even though I didn’t always agree with the more pronounced of U2’s political views.

      Then, in 2015, while at one of their Chicago shows at the United Center. That all came to a a screeching halt.

      Instead of U2 bending toward using their music to echo the Gospel (if not directly preach it), they took a huge negative turn and decided to trade truth for “love” (or, rather, what they perceived “love” to be). Right there, in the middle of the concert during “Pride” (a song that depicts Christ’s persecution and resurrection through the lyrics “One Man caught on a barbed wire fence / One Man he resist/ one man washed up on an empty beach/ one man betrayed with a kiss”) , Bono took a rainbow flag from someone in the crowd, wrapped himself in it, and declared to the audience “Gay Pride In the Name of Love”. Then, at the end of ‘Beautiful Day’, he pontificated that “[Ireland] did something very important . . . more people turned out to vote for marriage (sic) equality than turned out for anything before . . . This song goes out to . . . two beautiful girls who made their vows here in Chicago . . . this is for you.” He then went on to declare that if love wasn’t equal for all kinds of relationships, it wasn’t actually love.

      It broke my heart. Corruptio Optima Pessima.

    • @Rockne,

      Thanks for the comment. That’s a fair protest. But we can also disagree with Bono (and anyone else) on any number of things and still appreciate and laud them when they tell the truth well. Bono loves Christ and we agree on much more than we may disagree. That’s what we’re choosing to focus on here.

    • I’m a little late to this conversation, but I just came across this 8 minute clip from NPR’s American Anthem series, where they take an iconic American song and analyze it, along with its social and cultural impact on the country: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/26/743620996/u2-i-still-havent-found-what-im-looking-for-american-anthem.

  • I wrote this post before starting to read Mark Meynell’s book A Wilderness of Mirrors. Now I wish I had another six months to process what I’m learning so that I could integrate his wisdom here. After reading his […]

    • You just explained deconstructionism, recent evangelical history, and Ephesians 3 in a clear, helpful, and entertaining fashion – using Zelda. I formally invite you to write more books.

  • I remember what it was like to want a baby.

    I remember how it felt to walk through the grocery store
    watching others dispose so recklessly
    of everything I ached to be.

    I remember mothers
    (or so-called […]

    • I have blessed with two little boys who call me “Mommy.” But this year on Mother’s Day, I thought about all of my students (I work with struggling readers in middle school) and the ways I have mothered them, long before I held a baby. This year I got a note from a girl thanking me for being “the mother she never had.” And it reminded me that I am accountable as a mother to so many, not just two little boys.

    • 😭😭😭
      This is beautiful.

  • If you haven’t seen Endgame, stop reading now. I’ll try not to post any spoilers until I get a few paragraphs deep, but I am eventually going to drop a few. Consider yourselves forewarned.

    So, I loved End […]

    • My goodness. Thank you, RR.

    • RR, by which I mean, “Rebecca Reynolds.” And, come to think of it, “The Rabbit Room,” too.

    • Saying “well said” is a massive understatement. Thank you for pointing out how we as a human race elevate our virtue as an end in and of itself, but God is still on the throne and He alone is worthy. Thanos of the story doesn’t represent our Lord, but is more of a representation of our own self righteousness paired with power.

    • I have chills. And I feel like I just read holy ground, if such a thing is possible. Thank you for writing and sharing this, Rebecca!

    • When you called Shazam one of your all time favorite superhero movies, I almost stopped reading! But I’m so glad I knew you well enough to read on.
      Thank you for diving deeper and being unsatisfied with less. Keep sharing! You are doing better and better at capturing the deep. For those of us who sense it but cannot put words to it, you are a great blessing.

    • Oh. I want to print out a stack of this and hand it out to everyone leaving a showing of Endgame. That a movie based on comic books can call forth something like this, I will be forever grateful.

    • “…who spread a glove full of Infinity stones wide and allowed humanity drive a hard stake right through it.” That is the crux. Well put. Much the same point as is fleshed out in “The Long Silence.”

    • My goodness, how did you put that so clearly?! Yes, yes, yes. Yes. God is the power of Thanos (only more) and the heart of the Avengers (only better). Thank you a lot.

  • Jonathan Rogers was one of my favorite writers long before I received his writing help through an early online class. When looking for a coach for Courage Dear Heart, I knew he would be clear and solid. I’m so t […]

    • Really excellent post, thank you. While I don’t necessarily consider myself a writer, I read The Habit every week and love the grace, wit, and gentle instruction that is reflected in every word.
      And I’m just waiting for a book all about alligators.

    • the first comment was posted an hour into the future. at least for me… spooky… great post, love jonathan rogers. not very many authors talk about the importance of correct grammar they kind of just expect other writers to have it. not him. can’t wait to see what he has for us..
      but I will probably just check out the free stuff. I’m not in the whole full time job thing yet.

    • That’s a wonderful interview, thanks to BOTH heartbreakingly-brilliant writers. It goes a long way to showing why we all politely ignore the alligator thing: Jonathan is just giving so much of himself to the writing community. (Peter Bannister, though…I’ll have to pray through that one.)
      I would encourage anyone to come join us at the stately pleasure-dome. The caverns of knowledge aren’t quite measureless but are already extensive, and Jonathan’s tirelessly adding to them.

    • Aaron Roughton is a proud Three Percenter.

    • Who’s there?

    • Loved this interview! I have gotten so much from The Habit and now Field Notes. Both feel like real gift. Grateful for Jonathan’s generosity!

  • Welcome to Week 3 of The Rabbit Reads Book Group: Culture Making. This week, we’re looking at Chapters 6-8, which call us to consider God’s good gifts of culture and the ways in which He continues to invite us int […]

    • Thanks for a great article, giving new insights into the Creation account – the lack of names for the sun, moon and stars particularly struck me!
      What else ran through my mind is how the pagan origins put death as the start of life – it’s so violent, the idea that the sky and earth come from a body torn in two. It struck me that we should analyse our own modern ‘myths’ with a similarly critical eye. Evolution tells the same story, that our life now is the result of death.
      Matthew Cyr, maybe it is not ‘wishful thinking’ – maybe this is the story the enemy tells himself, his belief is that he can win, that he can overthrow true Authority. Maybe it is the wish of all our hearts, without Christ’s love.

    • I had never noticed that the sun and moon were not named. Like you said it is so easy to miss if it isn’t part of our culture to ascribe importance to names, and it is obvious what “greater and lesser” mean. Seeing it now though in the culture of what would be the “normal” story they were used to hearing….leaving those out would be like telling the story of the three little pigs to kids now except rewrite so there are no pigs in it. They would be waiting for all the lesser gods to come into it all along the way and they just don’t…they aren’t there at all. It is quite shocking and a totally different story from anything heard before.

      I have also never heard about the prose/poetry hybrid form thing before. I don’t think I had ever heard any comments on HOW it was written at all. I am completely intrigued by this and if I had brainpower to learn Hebrew just to see how this worked, I would (but don’t count on that any time soon).

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