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117. Why Should You Build a Fantastical Lending Library? | with L.G. McCary

Create your personal library to glorify Jesus, preserve great books, showcase God’s creative gifts, and grant a legacy to your friends today and children tomorrow.
Fantastical Truth on Jun 21, 2022 · 4 comments

So many books. So little time. And often, so little space. You are mortal, with little control over time and space for your books. How then do you both store and creatively feature the fantastical stories you’ve collected? Lorehaven fans and staff creators have found many methods, and today we’re going to share some of our techniques for building your own fantastical lending library.

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Reintroducing authorL. G. McCary L.G. McCary

L. G. McCary is an old-school Whovian and a lifelong Trekkie. She has a bachelor’s in psychology which means she knows enough to mess with readers’ heads but not enough to diagnose their problems. She is the wife of an Army chaplain and the homeschooling mom of four rambunctious kids. She writes supernatural and dark science fiction on topics as diverse as artificial intelligence, ghosts, sentient snowmen, and space hotels. Her first novel, That Pale Host, released in October 2021. Her short story, “Rendering,” appears in Havok’s Rebirth anthology.

Concession stand

  • We don’t mean to negate our ongoing support of public libraries.
  • In fact, Christians should get more active and involved in local libraries.
  • This is about choosing a set of books you want to re-read and share with others.
  • Nor do we mean to endorse hoarding. (Check your heart. Get rid of some books.)

Chapter 1: Why create a personal library?

Chapter 2: How do you fill and curate your home library?

Chapter 3: Why and how make your personal library available to others?

Com station

Brave Sir Robin in the Lorehaven Guild replied to episode 116:

I was beginning to think that science fiction was going to get short shrift in the podcast … I can’t say where or when the breakout is going to come, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it came out of the community of believers that grew up with modern communications technology AND are as comfortable with Biblical truth as these homeschooled youngsters.

Next on Fantastical Truth

Speaking of science fiction, here’s a topic we’ve been postponing for quite a while, and it’s summarized by a simple question: If we as Christians believe Jesus will come back to judge all people and rule the planet in person, what about any space travelers or colonies at that time? In other words, if our Lord returns to Earth, what happens to people who aren’t on Earth? We’ll explore these possible prophetic conundrums and speculate on some solutions!

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    1. The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman has a premise that’s similar to the short story you mentioned, in terms of showing a dystopian society where parents are allowed to ‘unwind’ their children long after they’re born. I haven’t read it yet, but it seems to be one of those series that gets people talking about pro life vs pro choice topics.

      On another note, if someone is keeping physical books in case the books get cancelled or even banned, they should probably have some prudence when it comes to telling people about what books they have.

      When it comes to the question of what happens to people that aren’t living on Earth when the Lord comes back… Back then God and Jesus would have been more likely to talk about planet Earth because that is what people back then would have been able to understand and find relevant. Maybe Earth could sort of mean the entire physical realm, just as the heavens can refer to the sky rather than just the good part of the afterlife. Or, the Bible could literally mean Earth as in planet Earth, but theoretically the entire physical realm would still be handled similarly when the Lord comes back.

      • L.G. McCary says:

        I have heard of Unwind but could not remember the name of the series or the author at the time of recording, Autumn! I need to get it from the library.
        And you do have a good point about having prudence about keeping banned books. I think the fact that we can talk about hoarding banned or canceled books on a podcast tells us that we’re pretty far away from having to worry about it. Yet.

    2. Yeah, I agree that, in an immediate legal sense, it isn’t a problem yet. Sorry if it sounded like I was criticizing you guys for publicly talking about what books you have, that wasn’t what I was trying to say. I’m glad you guys are encouraging people to have their own personal physical libraries, and giving examples of the kinds of treasures they can keep there.

      I was moreso just trying to give an overall reminder or warning to people. Even if book banning doesn’t become an issue for another five or ten years, there will still be people that remember what books someone has even after all that time has passed. And in the short term, there are still people that will cancel others just for having and liking certain stories, so it’s just better to be careful about who we tell or share stuff with.

    What say you?