Welcome to A Writer’s Tale!

My name is Maribeth, and I’m so glad you decided to stop by my little place on the Internet. I’m a 27-year-old Christian storyteller and homeschool graduate, the oldest of nine kids, a recovering people-pleaser, a longtime Anglophile, and an unashamed fangirl of fantastic and electrifying stories.

About A Writer’s Tale

After writing for six years on my old blog (archived here), I decided it was time to focus on my real passion: discussing movies, books, TV shows, and even the occasional music selection from a Christian worldview. In my home, Story is deeply valued not only for enjoyment, but for honing our skills of discernment and finding inspiration in flawed but admirable characters. I wanted to share these lessons with my readers, and at the same time make real connections with other story-lovers.

But since recognizing the depth and beauty of sacramental theology and the power of the redeemed imagination, I’ve realized it’s all too easy to reduce the Christian worldview to a purely intellectual thing. We can have all our theological and philosophical ducks in a row, but if we don’t cultivate a passionate love for goodness, truth, and beauty, we’re no better than the crashing cymbals described by Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 13. And if that wasn’t convicting enough, I also realized we can’t just love goodness, truth, and beauty for their own sakes. They have a Source: Jesus Christ. When we love the gifts without loving their Giver, we become idolators–and all our talk of heroism, love, and perseverance become flimsy, hollow sentiment.

HOWEVER. When we acknowledge and love the Giver and see His goodness in the noblest of heroes, His truth in the victorious fight against evil, and His beauty in the simple joys of life…then we will find new encouragement even in the stories we think we know so well.

The Evangelium [the Gospel] has not abrogated legends; it has hallowed them, especially the ‘happy ending.’ The Christian has still to work, with mind as well as body, to suffer, hope, and die; but he may now perceive that all his bents and faculties have a purpose, which can be redeemed…All tales may come true; and yet, at the last, redeemed, they may be as like and unlike the forms that we give them as Man, finally redeemed, will be like and unlike the fallen that we know.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings

I review movies, books, TV, and music from a Christian worldview, yes–but I also review them from a Christ-saturated imagination. I want to help YOU find the Good, the True, and the Beautiful in great stories and songs–but I also want to help you recognize their true Source even in the most unlikely of stories.

Why this particular blog name?

For nearly two years I wrote under the title of Trekking Thru Hobbit Holes. I’m a proud fan of Star Trek(nothing beats the Original Series), but long before I ventured into the science fiction genre I was (and remain) a passionate Tolkienite. “Trekking Thru Hobbit Holes” as a blog name reflected my love for both science fiction and fantasy, while the subtitle, “Seeking the light and high beauty of a far green country,” came from two passages from The Return of the King:

There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.

And the ship went out into the High Sea and passed into the West, until at last on a night of rain Frodo smelled a sweet fragrance on the air and heard the sound of singing that came over the water…and he beheld white shores and beyond them a far green country under a swift sunrise.

But while I’ve kept the subtitle, I realized in November 2019 that I couldn’t keep the title of my blog due to possible copyright/trademark issues (and Middle-Earth Enterprises is notorious for attacking small business with the word “Hobbit” in their names). So, I’ve changed it to A Writer’s Tale–which not only allows me some wiggle-room with the topics I explore, but also contains a subtle reference to a Certain Peculiar Baggins’ own publication that dedicated Tolkienites will, hopefully, recognize.

Other bits and pieces…

I’m currently working on providing a monthly newsletter full of literary, philosophical, and theological tidbits! These will include quotes, articles I’ve enjoyed lately, mini-reviews, recommendations, and updates on my upcoming novel, Operation Lionhearted. Do stay tuned for the official debut of the newsletter! I’m really excited about it.

Thanks again for stopping by A Writer’s Tale! Please be sure to sign up for the latest posts and, once it’s announced, the monthly newsletter. I sincerely hope you enjoy your stay–and to quote two of my favorite characters of all time, “Live long and prosper,” and “Laugh hard, run fast, and be kind!

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