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“So, the world happens twice—once what we see it as; second it legends itself deep, the way it is.”  William Stafford


"Imagination and the stimulation of imagination is the only way we have of getting beyond the evidence of our own eyes and reaching for God.” -Douglas Gresham




"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." -Marcel Proust



The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. They contain many marvels – particularly artistic, beautiful, and moving: 'mythical' in their perfect, self-contained significance; and at the same time powerfully symbolic and allegorical; and among the marvels is the greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe. …There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits.  For the Art of it has the supremely convincing tone of Primary Art, that is, of Creation. To reject it leads either to madness or to wrath. ...Because (of these things), this story is supreme; and it is true.  Art has been verified. God is the Lord, of angels, and of men – and of elves. Legend and History have met and fused.” 

-JRR Tolkien



"As only fantasy can do, these stories take us into the world beyond our vision…a world that we can only enter by faith.  Both children and adults must open themselves to deep questions that cannot be answered on the surface…deeper truths and realities—realities that transcend this world.  As we enter these worlds, we embark upon an inner journey to that which is best within us and we are invited to enter our lives in a deeper way—to become the men and women that we were meant to be."     

-Brent King 




"In good stories children are taught the attractiveness of virtue and the repulsiveness of evil not so much by abstract precept—and certainly not by school’s ‘values clarification exercises’—but by rooting for virtuous heroes and being inspired by a good story to emulate their behaviorimaginative wrestling with conflicts is exactly how stories teach morality and build character.”  -Gene Veith



"There is a lot less difference between fictional stories and true stories than it seems.  Since you can’t separate the real life of the author from his novel, it is actually a true telling of the author’s life , experiences and world view." -Brent King



"It is the fact that the Chronicles are fairy stories that makes their spiritual richness shine out, and it is that richness that makes them the sort of fairy stories to be enjoyed by everyone, both children and adults."   -Mark Bane






"It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope."        -Ursula K. Le Guin