“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them Fairy Tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more Fairy Tales.”
Well, if that doesn’t make you want to go out and start reading Fairy Tales to the children in your life, then I don’t know what would!
But sometimes, as we pass from the wonderland of childhood into the predictable routine of the grown-up world, it’s easy to think that we may have outgrown Fairy Tales. So there they sit, relics of a bygone time, tucked away on a shelf – untouched and forgotten. How very sad.
C.S. Lewis understood this concept and penned a most interesting thought to his goddaughter upon completion of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. He knew that by the time the book was published, she would be ‘too old’ to read the Fairy Tale he had written. But, he had hope that:
“Someday you will be old enough to start reading Fairy Tales again.”
There should be an abundance of wildly fanciful Fairy Tales, told and retold throughout the generations. Books filled with our favorite characters … fair maidens & knights, princes & princesses living in castles and cottages in faraway lands. Books that stir our sense of adventure, weaving threads of fellowship, courage, loyalty, and romance along the way. Books that tug at our heartstrings, challenge our imaginations, and reflect on The Story from which all other Fairy Tales are borrowed.
In fact, Christianity is exposed as the biggest Fairy Tale of them all: ‘A world of magic and mystery, of deep darkness and flickering starlight. It is a world where terrible things happen and wonderful things, too. It is a world where goodness is pitted against evil, love against hate, order against chaos, in a great struggle where often it is hard to be sure who belongs to which side because appearances are endlessly deceptive. Yet, for all its confusion and wildness, it’s a world where the battle goes ultimately to the righteous and …
Good Triumphs Over Evil, And They Live Happily Ever After!
This is the FAIRY TALE OF THE GOSPEL, with one crucial difference from all other Fairy Tales …
THIS ONE COMES TRUE!!’
[end quote credit: John eldredge, Epic – check it out on my resource tab]