Books

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
CS Lewis

Brief Thoughts on Leaf by Niggle

I decided to read Leaf by Niggle with no knowledge of it other than it being a short story by Tolkien that Stephen Colbert mentioned while giving audiences a rundown of just how big of a Tolkien fan he is. When Tea with Tolkien set the 30 Days in the Shire challenge,...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Joy and Peace

We've made it through the darkness. We've maintained hope that light will emerge, that good will overcome. We're ready to celebrate. Tolkien's tale of Middle Earth is like a traditional epic in that it follows a story of good versus evil where good comes out on top in...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Hope and Faith

Last week, I mused over themes of darkness and light in Tolkien's works, linking them to the prevailing theme of light overcoming darkness that we recognize during Advent. This week, I move to the two themes represented by weeks one and two of the traditional Advent...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Darkness and Light

Advent is upon us! For those unfamiliar with the liturgical tradition and traditional church year calendar, Advent is more than a calendar counting down the days towards Christmas. Instead, it is a season all its own and one of significance in the Christian faith. In...

Fall Reads 2019

Fall is so close! I can feel it coming in the air and see it trying to hold on in the morning sky. With a new season comes a new selection of books. Read on to see what I'll be reading alongside my cups of tea this fall. The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman Emily...

Bewitched by Temptation | The Wind in the Willows

The Water Rat has, throughout the entirety of The Wind in the Willows, has proven himself to be quite the adventurer: but only within set parameters. His curiosity only drives him so far and he would much rather abide by the boundaries of his world. A mere handful...

Nationalism + Christianity

This is a topic that has been on my mind and heart for quite some time. It is by no means something that I have rectified or come to any sincere conclusions concerning; rather, I sense it will be an ongoing struggle as we move ever forward into new ages of this world....

Reads for 2019

I have so much going on this season that I haven’t even stopped to think about categories – I just keep piling them on instead!