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Lorehaven Winter Issue: The Biblical Source of Super-Strength

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Lorehaven Winter Issue: The Biblical Source of Super-Strength

Lorehaven Magazine Winter Issue!

Download for FREE!

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Inside this issue:

  • Thomas Locke shares his faith journey and creative motive behind his many fantastical novels, including his newest release, Enclave.

  • We review Enclave, in which white-hat heroes in a corrupt frontier cope with the remnants of the now-decaying nation.

  • Our team reviews the best Christian-created fantastical novels.

  • This issue also includes two sponsored reviews: Mary Ting's Jaclyn and the Beanstalk and C. S. Wachter's The Light Arises.

  • Paeter Frandsen asks if Christian geeks might react like Spock and think of God (merely) as "fascinating."

  • Marian Jacobs gives practical, biblical advice to parents of children obsessed with superheroes.


Meanwhile, at the Lorehaven Book Clubs group, we're still hosting many of the authors featured in our book reviews. Staring in January, watch for more storytellers to arrive in the clubs and explore more at SpecFaith.

This March: watch for the spring 2019 issue! (Advertisers, click here.)

But first, watch for more surprises we plan to announce in January ...

Join the mission at Lorehaven.com. You can also browse our the LorehavenLibrary, which helps you find more than 900 Christian fantastical titles. Enjoy daily, free articles at Speculative Faith. And be sure to share this magazine with your church, friends, family, and anyone else who would love to explore great Christian fantasy.

Thank you for joining this mission to find truth in fantastic stories.

Maranatha, and merry Christmas!

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Lorehaven Fall Issue: Molding Your Child's Plastic Imagination

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Lorehaven Fall Issue: Molding Your Child's Plastic Imagination

Lorehaven Magazine Fall Issue!

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Fantastic stories are capable of God-glorifying good, but also idolatrous evil.

Book Reviews

Lorehaven review team

Sponsored Review: Affinity

Lorehaven review team

Affinity is a creative and original play on old concepts, and if you’re willing to take the ride, you’ll find it goes places.

Featured Review: Mark of the Raven

Lorehaven review team

Here’s dreaming that fans can share in more stories like this.

‘I Want to Share with Other People Who God Is’

Interview with novelist Morgan L. Busse

Morgan L. Busse’s fantastic realms challenge us to ponder our place in God’s world.

Fanservants: The Secret Identity of Christian Geeks

Paeter Frandsen

In Christ, you are a holy, adopted, cosmic ambassador on a mission.

Fanservants: Molding Your Child’s Plastic Imagination

Marian Jacobs

We can nurture young ones’ creativity for the glory of God.

New Worlds: The Christian Roots of Fantasy

R. J. Anderson

The genre once known as ”fairy stories” sprang from biblical ground.

Folklore: Werewolf Tales Reveal the Beast Inside

C. W. Briar

Dark creatures personify our struggle against the sinful nature.

Roundtable: Engaging the Magical Spellcraft of Stories

Parker J. Cole, Marian Jacobs, Ronie Kendig, Robert Treskillard, E. Stephen Burnett

Our panel explores how Christians discern fiction’s magical elements.

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Thanos Offered Fake Love in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

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Thanos Offered Fake Love in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

My article, Thanos Offered Fake Love in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, was featured on Speculative Faith. I make a case for why Thanos could not have truly loved Gamora, because love is not just affection—it’s self-sacrifice.

"It’s been months since I sat down to watch Thanos wield Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War.

[Editor’s note: Beware spoilers, starting in the very next sentence.]

And it’s taken me nearly as long to fully wrap my brain around Gamora’s death. It was meant to be disturbing and heartbreaking, yet there was something much deeper at work than the evil of Thanos..."

Read more at Speculative Faith.

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Lorehaven Summer Issue: How Does Your Family Read Fantasy?

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Lorehaven Summer Issue: How Does Your Family Read Fantasy?

Lorehaven Magazine Winter Issue!

Download for FREE!

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Lorehaven’s mission: to chase fantasy joys all the way back to their Giver.
 

  • Book Reviews

Lorehaven review team

Explore the best new fantastical novels from Christian authors. Browse each title and learn more at lorehaven.com/library.
 

  • Sponsored Reviews: The Ghost Mine

Ben Wolf’s sci-fi actioner escapes the haunts of space horrors.
 

  • Featured Review: Fawkes

Lorehaven review team

Guy Fawkes’s 1605 gunpowder plot gets a color-magical twist.
 

  • ‘I Process Big Questions Through Story’

Story: E. Stephen Burnett

Nadine Brandes loves heroes who fight to find themselves in the color of truth.
 

  • Fanservants: How to Become a Spiritually Leveled-Up Christian Geek

Paeter Frandsen

God encourages us to be kind and compassionate, even in our fandom fights.
 

  • Fanservants: How Does Your Family Read Fantasy?

Marian Jacobs

Parents, try these tips to help children mature as fantasy readers.
 

  • Sponsored Reviews: The Sorcerer’s Bane

C. S. Wachter flings thematic windows open to sunlight and storms.
 

  • New Worlds: Horror Reveals Human Sin in the Dark

Mike Duran

Classic novels and films trace their fears all the way back to the Bible.
 

  • Sponsored Reviews

Journey Into Legend

All the realism and complexity of Journey into Legend wraps around an old, blazing vision.
 

Road of the Lost

Aidan Russell creates action-driven fantasy of all the good old things.
 

  • Folklore: Flood Legends Rise from the Depths of History

Tim Chaffey

From the Bible to modern flood fiction, we keep encountering Noah’s Ark.
 

  • Roundtable: Engaging That @&*% Our Stories Often Say

Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Morgan L. Busse, Mike Duran, Steve Rzasa, E. Stephen Burnett

Join the debate over hot topics based on biblical grace and truth. Our expert panel explores how Christians discern ‘bad words’ in fiction.

Meanwhile, join Lorehaven Book Clubs, starting online! (And if you're an author or publisher, we're saving space in our fall 2018 issue for your next amazing advertisement—to share your story with new fans.)

Thank you for joining this mission to find truth in fantastic stories.

Godspeed!

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Selfless Theater

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Selfless Theater

As a theater major at a Christian university, I found myself stuck in the cycle of theatrical pride and low-self image. I sought to glorify God on and off stage but continuously fell short. So I quit. This is my story.

Selfless Theater is a two part article featured on Stage and Story. Click here for part one and here for part two

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Lorehaven Magazine Debut!

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Lorehaven Magazine Debut!

I'm so excited about this new digital magazine, guys!

In the Spring issue, you'll find my article, "What If Your Kids Don't Read Fantasy?" In the Summer issue, you can read the follow up article, "How Does Your Family Read Fantasy?"

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 Lorehaven Magazine finds truth in fantastic stories. This is the place where you will find:

- Flash reviews of excellent Christian-made fantastical novels.
- Book clubs to share these stories with friends and family.
- Articles that glorify God while exploring human imagination.

Subscribe today and get your free issue at Lorehaven.com!

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Every Woman's Silent Struggle

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Every Woman's Silent Struggle

FEATURED BY DESIRING GOD

"Being a woman who struggles with lust can feel like being alone in a crowded room. You think you are the only one tempted when you watch that movie and read that book. Yet the opposite is true.

We’ve been told that lust is when a man looks at a woman (not his wife) and desires her. That definition is both misleading and incomplete. If women don’t begin to redefine what lust means for them, they will continue to isolate themselves from each other, their spouses, and, in so doing, cripple their chances of overcoming temptation. . . ."

Read more on Desiring God's website.

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What If Your Kids Don't Read Fantasy

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What If Your Kids Don't Read Fantasy

Featured by Speculative Faith

Are unsure if your child should be reading fantasy? You may be asking the wrong questions. 

"I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spoken with a mature Christian friend about their uncertainty of the role of fiction and imagination.

They may know it’s good in a nebulous sense, but what should they do when their child suddenly has an appetite for fantasy? What if they ask to read Harry Potter?

They don’t consider themselves fundamentalists, yet they think fantasy poses a real threat to their child."

Read more on Speculative Faith's website.

 

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The Dark Alleys in Young Adult Fiction

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The Dark Alleys in Young Adult Fiction

FEATURED BY DESIRING GOD

Are you or your child a voracious reader of young adult fiction? For many parents, it would be impossible to read every book your child is reading. But just how uninformed are you to what is being consumed by the middle schoolers and teens in your home? 

"'I’m just glad she’s reading.' You’ve heard it before. Maybe you’ve said it yourself. You think it’s great that your teen or preteen is enjoying literature. And it is great.

Mostly.

Many parents think any book is better than hours in front of a screen. But they may be blissfully unaware of some current trends in young adult (YA) fiction.

This article isn’t primarily about censoring your child — or even yourself — from the world of secular fiction, but about knowing what’s out there and guarding the hearts of your family through prayer and critical thinking (Proverbs 4:23Philippians 4:6–8)."

Read more on Desiring God's website.

Read an edited version at Stage and Story. 

Cover art above was designed by JT Wynn from Stage and Story!

Do you have questions or concerns about this article? Read my follow-up blog The Dark Alleys Part Two.

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Fears Shrink When God Grows

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Fears Shrink When God Grows

Fears Shrink When God Grows: A non-fiction narrative

FEATURED BY DESIRING GOD

I recount a severe car accident that will impact my family and me for the rest of our lives.  It was because of this ordeal that I experienced crippling anxiety for many years. After searching for answers to overcoming her fears, God provided them through continuous prayer and the council of a pastor. I was eventually able to see that my anxiety was rooted in idolatry.

 

"It was August of 2009, an hour west of Flagstaff, Arizona. I was sitting shotgun in my boyfriend’s Jeep with his dad in the back seat, driving cross-country from southern California to Chicago. We were on our way to attend seminary, or so we thought. An hour after we stopped for lunch, both my boyfriend and I were overcome with sudden exhaustion. There would be no staying awake.

I was woken abruptly by my boyfriend’s father urgently calling out his son’s name. I looked up just in time to see us drifting off the highway. The Jeep jerked right, then left, eventually sliding perpendicular on the road. The cruise control was still on, and we were traveling fast."

Read more on Desiring God's website.

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