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By: crystal

As I type this, in the early morning hours, the sun hasn’t dared to climb over the horizon yet. Darkness pervades out every window. To prevent eye strain, I have a bronze lamp which illuminates my office, casting shadows across my desk. When I step into the hallway, I realize that I am once again visiting the darkness. With each step,…

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Photo Courtesy of http://www.sott.net/article/251128-The-Suffering-of-Syrians-A-Photo-Essay-of-Aleppo-Hospitals Several months ago, I was arrested by a photo of a young Syrian boy lying helplessly on a makeshift hospital cot. The image was one of many sobering pictures that continue to be produced from the Syrian conflict. After seeing this photo, I was prompted to write a poem titled “Bildungsroman” which means “coming of age”….

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Dwight L. Moody by Kevin Belmonte: A Book Review Photo courtesy of Amazon.com History has a way of obscuring our spiritual heroes. This is achieved either by what is known as hagiography, the practice of white-washing and deifying individuals or by displaying them solemnly in a museum of mediocrity, reducing them to forgettable and difficultly-pronounced names inventoried in religious texts….

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Wondering when the next episode of the Lewis and Women series podcast will return? Now, you can OWN the entire series for less than the cost of a latte. William O’Flaherty has posted ALL FOUR EPISODES for just $3 or $1 each. Own all of the episodes before everyone else hears them.  The funds will help William keep his fantastic…

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All images courtesy of Crystal Hurd is a small, obscure pub located on the side street in Oxford, England. The sign, an image bearing a rosy-cheeked infant perched securely upon the back of an eagle in flight, swings in the afternoon breeze as several men gather in the rabbit room to discuss and share their latest writings. In this intimate…

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The C.S. Lewis and Women Series – Conclusions and Discussion Image courtesy of theotherjournal.com The genesis of this series began with a offhand comment uttered during my doctoral defense.  It was tossed carelessly into the air by an uninformed spectator and quickly disregarded by my committee members. It could have easily evaporated as I emerged from the defense triumphant. Yet secretly, I was deeply wounded. I…

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Week Twelve- Commentary in Various Works of Nonfiction “Don’t like either the ultra feminine or the ultra masculine myself. I prefer people.” – Letter to Dorothy Sayers  8 May 1955 Thus far, we have explored women in Lewis’s personal life and portrayed in his fictional works. This week, we launch into an in-depth discussion examining women in Lewis’s nonfiction works….

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I am pleased to announce that I have joined the staff of Legendarium! Legendarium is a fantasy/sci-fi site with great articles on all of your obsessions, be they Narnia, Middle-Earth, Star Wars, Doctor Who and more. Plus, the site offers some fantastic work on art, literature, and gaming. My first article is an earlier post from my Lewis and Women series on…

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Week Eleven- Lewis and Women: Portrayals in Till We Have Faces Image courtesy of houseoftheinklings.blogspot.com “[Psyche] is in some ways like Christ not because she is a symbol of Him but because every good man or woman is like Christ. What else could they be like?” – Letter to Clyde Kilby 2 October 1957 In the fall of 1923, a…

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Week Ten- Lewis and Women: Portrayals in The Science Fiction (or Ransom) Trilogy Image courtesy of www.allnickedup.com “Everyone must sometimes have wondered why in nearly all tongues certain inanimate objects are masculine and others feminine. What is masculine about a mountain or feminine about certain trees…Gender is a reality, and a more fundamental reality than sex” (Perelandra 200) The Space…