Honorable Mentions: The Power of Story and Mystical Experience, June 13, 2021

Honorable Mentions: The Power of Story and Mystical Experience, June 13, 2021

What are Honorable Mentions?  They are the quotes, book references, videos, etc that may have been brought up during Sunday’s sermon and are posted here in case somebody would like to check them out.  Please remember that all references occurred within the context of the sermon.  Sermon delivered by Pastor Bryan Hackett.  Link to the recorded sermon is at the bottom of the page.

Bible References

Matthew 18:3; Matthew 13:10-11; Acts 10


“you are already too old for fairytales…but someday you will be old enough to read fairytales again.”  -CS Lewis, a dedication to his goddaughter in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

The act of reading is intricately tied to empathy, because through reading we begin to understand lives and perspectives other than our own. In books, we can get to know other people, places, and times. Empathy in reading is the ability to understand and share the feelings of the protagonist, the author, of the human condition itself.

As is always the case, John Green was able to explain my thoughts about the matter much more succinctly when he said in an episode of Crash Course Literature that “reading is always an act of
empathy. It’s always an imagining of what it’s like to be someone else.” I truly believe that reading and the ability to write fosters the strongest forms of empathy. People who love to read are people who care deeply about the lives and experiences of others. This, I think, is the mystery and magic of literacy.–The World Literacy Foundation

Link to Video of Sermon



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