Longer Encounters

by St. Mary's on March 22, 2019

Longer Encounters

Religion and spirituality can come in strange packages.

Here are some unexpected novels that might encourage you to explore the mystery and puzzles of life, faith and spirituality in a new way.  Most of these titles are not "religious" but most might make you think.

The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett
Antiquarian manuscripts, treasure maps, a search for the holy grail, Anglican evensong services and romance – all come together in this historical, yet modern mystery by C. Lovett.

Pagan Spring: A Max Tudor Mystery by G. M. Maillet
Maillet’s series about the Rev. Max Tudor – an Anglican vicar whose previous career was being an agent for Britain’s MI5 – is a very intriguing combination of murder mystery and Anglican theological debate. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
The Deathly Hallows is the final book in Rowling’s Harry Potter series and contains the most of what many folks call Christian symbolism. Check out this online essay by Margaret Pope, The Boy Who Lived,  as she discusses Harry Potter and the issues of death and life after death.  A powerful and very interesting take on a popular fantasy series.

Our Lady of the Lost and Found: A Novel of Mary, Faith and Friendship by Diane Schoemperlen
This novel might be a little closer to what you would expect in a list of novels designed to get you thinking spiritually. One spring afternoon our heroine (unnamed) walks into her living room and finds a woman standing there in a navy blue trench coat, white Nikes, and wheeling a suitcase. She announces herself as “Mary, mother of God….You know. Mary.” And declares she needs a vacation.

Their subsequent discussions and friendship are “profound and intimate” and invite you in to know more and think deeply about this major religious figure.