Part of my job is as an IT related trainer. I can instruct people on the use of technology all day long, but until it comes to a real life application and hands on training experience, they grasp very little.
The instruction part as you said is necessary, but it goes hand in hand with the training. The training engages people and can cause stress, but it is also where they learn to apply the instruction.
I've been plagued with inner ear trouble most my life. Vertigo is no fun! In recent years I started eating better and eating a lot of fruits/berries high in antioxidants. My vertigo seldom comes to visit anymore.
Our time spent in communion with God does wonders to prevent spiritual vertigo, similar to what the berries have done for my physical occurrences.
As I write and teach, I am continuously impressed with God's work speaking to me, correcting me, challenging me. If this were not the case, I do not think I should teach. I would only have head knowledge without any actual experience.
As you have emphasized in a recent post and in conversations, as followers of Christ, our relationship with Him must come first. Only then does everything else fit into the right perspective.
As I read this, I could not help but think once more of Matthew 6:33 which I once heard paraphrased: "Seek God first, and He will more than satisfy all your need."
There was a class taught in my college days as a religion student on finding God in modern media. I did not take the class, but I always enjoyed the conversations with students who were in it. They looked at movies such as Star Wars, Shawshank Redemption, etc... Why not Harry Potter too?
I have not read the books, but I have seen the movies... and don't tell anyone, but I enjoyed them! ;-P
Having said that, I do not think (based on her own comments) the author's intent was to point to the Gospel.
My wife tells me I am guilty of the interruptous communicatus. She also tells me how rude it is...and she is right. I try not to. I really do! But then a thought jumps into my head and I just have to get it out or I will burst.
Those are some great quotes.
Joining you in holy curiosity as we worship the Almighty God.
I echo Jason and Glynn...
God is the composer, orchestrator, and maestro. Any deviation from Him is an attempt to superimpose ourselves as the author of truth and right.
So glad you jumped in. I'm looking forward to this book discussion.
To answer your question, I think we have to start at the beginning.
Relationships have molded and transformed my life...reading has enriched it.
Primary life changing relationship of course is with the Son and the Father...but so many more have contributed to my walk and life.