Book review and Kindle sale: The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty

April 8, 2014

I recently had the chance to read The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty, by Dwight Longenecker. This nonfiction book was released on February 4, 2014 by Thomas Nelson.

About this book (from the back cover):

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.

About the Author:

Dwight Longenecker has served as a parish priest, a chaplain at Kings College, Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Dwight  has written sixteen books and countless articles for websites, magazines, and papers in the USA and Britain. His blog, Standing on My Head, has been voted one of the top religious blogs in the country. He holds a degree in theology from Oxford University and currently serves a local parish in Greenville, SC.

My Verdict:

This book is a sort of “Religion for English Majors.” The Romance of Religion is beautifully written, and I really enjoyed reading it in small pieces. The author is obviously a lover of literature, and I don’t think there’s a page in this book that doesn’t include a literary or pop culture reference. The idea that God loves a great story, that He communicated to us through the written word, and that we are in the middle of a great story ourselves: none of these are new ideas to me, but they are all ideas that I enjoy reading about. The author writes from the perspective of a Catholic priest, but this book is not denominationally specific, and as a Protestant, I enjoyed it as well. I have always preferred fiction to nonfiction, but this book, with its great love for novels and stories, really appealed to me personally. I really enjoyed The Romance of Religion and would recommend it to both Christians and non-Christians alike.

If you’d like to check out The Romance of Religion it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version right now (Regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $11.93. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 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: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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