About the Book
How can we share the Gospel and make disciples in our modern culture? Many people, including young people from Christian homes, are walking away from the faith, or have never had it presented to them in a compelling manner. However, our polemical, distracted media environment makes it difficult to have thoughtful discussions about anything. In this context, literature and the arts have a powerful role to play by providing an engaging and inviting way to share the Christian faith.
In Tales of Faith, Holly Ordway shows how literature—and especially old literature—can foster fruitful discussions that allow us to meet people where they are and help them move closer to knowing Christ, or to knowing and loving him more fully and deeply. Here, readers will find a practical, accessible guide to using literature to discuss topics such as the nature of God, virtues and vices, the Crucifixion, longing and sadness, and much more. For each literary text, Ordway provides an introductory essay, a selection from the text (or the whole poem for short pieces), questions for discussion or personal reflection, activities, and recommended resources.
Drawing from ancient classics like the Odyssey and the Aeneid and medieval masterpieces like Beowulf and the Divine Comedy, and providing both practical advice and spiritual guidance for the reader, Tales of Faith offers teachers, parents, and all lovers of classic literature an invaluable resource for sharing the faith through story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What People Are Saying...
Tales of Faith will make you a better reader, thinker, and evangelizer. With Dr. Holly Ordway as your expert guide, you will not only encounter beautiful and fascinating stories and poems from Ancient Greece to medieval Italy; you will be equipped to share and discuss literature with others. This book will be an invaluable resource for educators, parents, and friends to begin deep conversations about virtue, God, and the meaning of life through the power of story.
author of Jane Austen’s Genius Guide to Life: On Love, Friendship, and Becoming the Person God Created You to Be and co-host of The Fountains of Carrots Podcast
Holly Ordway draws from her years of teaching to introduce Christians to the richness of the Western literary tradition. This practical guide shows readers the ways that literature can lead us through its beauty to deep discipleship.
—Jessica Hooten Wilson
author of The Scandal of Holiness: Renewing Your Imagination in the Company of Literary Saints
Holly Ordway encourages readers to cultivate intellectual hospitality by modeling it herself. She places a map before her readers and encourages us to join her as fellow companions on a convivial journey. She is both humble and sound in her own reception of literature. She balances scholarly heft with warmth and generosity, assuming the best of her readers and thus prompting us into greater integrity along the way.
Vice-President Academic, Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College
Holly Ordway has provided the Christian community with a much needed and very accessible reader of classical and medieval literature. She not only provides the necessary background and interpretive help; she asks probing questions that will push modern Christians to wrestle with issues of perennial importance. She is a knowledgeable and reliable guide, and I highly recommend her book for homeschoolers, classical Christian schools, and parish reading groups.
Professor in English and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University, and author of The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology through Christian Eyes
Ordway is a strong and much needed apologist for the classics. But she is also a discerning one. Avoiding both a chronological snobbery that dismisses the past as ignorant and out of date and hide-bound, name-dropping cultural elitism that prides itself on its superior taste, Ordway calls for humble readers who are willing to “engage with the culture of the past and engage with the culture of the present". Ordway wants readers who will gratefully receive, rather than instrumentally use, great literature and who will reject our "results-oriented, fast-paced culture" in favor of a patient and reflective encounter with the wisdom of our ancestors.
Professor in English and Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities at Houston Baptist University