The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty - eBook  -     By: Dwight Longenecker
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780849922947
ISBN-13: 9780849922947

Publisher's Description

C. S. Lewis said that Christianity works on us like every other myth, except it is a myth that really happened. Dwight Longenecker grabs this idea and runs with it, showing that the Christian story is the greatest story ever told because it gathers up what is true in all the fantasy stories of the world and makes them as solid, true, and real as a tribe of dusty nomads in the desert or the death of a carpenter-king.

In The Romance of Religion Longenecker calls for the return of the romantic hero—the hero who knows his frailty and can fight the good fight with panache, humor, and courage. Conflict and romance are everywhere in the story of Christ, and our response is to dust off our armor, don our broad-brimmed hats, pick up our swords, and do battle for Christ with confidence, wonder, and joy.

Is religion no more than a fairy tale? No, it is more than a fairy tale—much more: it is all the fairy tales and fantastic stories come true here and now.

“This book is witty, whimsical, and deadly serious. With panache and aplomb, Dwight Longenecker sets out to prove that Christianity is, in every sense of the word, fabulous. And does he succeed in his quest? I encourage you to read it to find out.”

—Michael Ward, senior research fellow, Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and professor of apologetics, Houston Baptist University

“If you've never thought about the Christian faith as romance and story, then this book will introduce you to a whole new way of thinking.”
—Frank Viola, author of God's Favorite Place on Earth

Author Bio

Dwight Longenecker has served as a parishpriest, chaplain at Kings College, Cambridge and a country parson on the Isleof Wight. Dwight has written sixteen books and countless articlesfor websites, magazines and papers in the USA and Britain. His blog Standingon My Head has been voted one of the top religious blogs in thecountry. Dwight's weekly radio show More Christianity has anincreasing following, and he is a dynamic, entertaining and inspiring speakerat conference and parish missions across America. He holds a degree intheology from Oxford University and currently serves a local parish inGreenville, SC.

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I think C.S Lewis would like this book.
    April 8, 2014
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I think C. S Lewis would have liked this book.

    My review isn't going to due this book justice, so let's not call it a review.

    Let's call this an expression of appreciation because this book touched my heart.

    The Romance of Religion is the case for Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, all of which wait for us when we open our eyes.

    Now, don't those ideals make your heart leap? Doesn't it inspire you to think of living a life awakened to Beauty, Truth, and Goodness?

    Don't those words whisper to you "This is what we need?"

    Our world suffers from cynicism, which Dwight Longenecker defines as looking out a window and only seeing the pane of glass.

    The problem with the cynic, he explains, isn't that they look too closely at reality, but that they haven't looked enough.

    This is a book about how the Extraordinary is hidden inside the Ordinary, and about how we instinctively recognize that a great story will always reveals this to us.

    We are inside a Story where there are heroes and villains, and both are made of the same flesh and bone.

    We are in a Story of fate and destiny and deep magic and mystery.

    There are secret Kingdoms and rebel armies and wild prophets and lost princes and imprisoned princesses.

    There is blood shed and there are swords that cut and there are healers who can help mend us again.

    There are journeys to go on and seas to sail and hearts to win, and battles inside our souls and outside the gates waiting to be fought.

    The antidote to dullness and dissatisfaction is Romance, and that word encompasses so much more than you'd ever think.

    If you're fascinated with words and legends and tales, if you're a seeker or a lover of Jesus, then you'll be richly blessed by this book.

    My personal favorite part was about "Holy Wood and Hollywood," how we always need stories to feed our hearts, and the one thing that changes is who does the telling.

    Thank you Booksneeze for my review copy.
  2. York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Romance of Religion
    April 5, 2014
    York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3

    Fighting For Goodness, Truth, and Beauty

    By Dwight Longenecker

    The first thing I want to say is that I believe that Christianity is a faith and not a religion. Now that I said that, I agree that a romance is loving someone, wanting to be with that someone and wanting to protect or stand up for that someone. If being romantic in the Christian faith is loving the Lord, wanting to be with Him and willing to die for Him then we can or want to call it a romance. However, to turn it into a fairy tale type of romance, I disagree. The author's point of each chapter was understandable but I would start to lose interest as the chapter continued because of the comparison of religion to fairy tale romances and romantic writings. Many readers may find this book interesting because the author explains the meaning of being romantic and offer examples from many writings. The book, well written, and the author makes you realize that we need to look at religion in a different way than just a belief.

    The author talks about heroes in fairy tales, romantic novels and movies, to me Jesus Christ is much more than any hero we can find in any story book or movie, Jesus Christ died for us and what we need to is love, worship and praise Him.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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