My sister gave me Madeleine L'Engle's Walking on Water. I can't say I dived right into the book, favoring escapism rather than philosophy lately. But I did fall in one day and I've not been able to claw my way out. It's now joined the precious troop of books who bare the marks of my devotion. That is, it's full of pencil scribblings.
Yes, dear friends, I write in books. I underline, write brief comments, list favorite page numbers with notes in the back. I should be an index writer. (Indiceographer?)
But back to Walking on Water- It's about writing (as well as other art forms) and about Christianity. She seems to see all art as Christian art. I get where she's coming from. God is the author of all things, therefore He is reflected in all things. I am reminded of From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics by Louis Markos. He writes that "pre-Christians and non-Christian pagans are capable of perceiving, at least in embryonic form, some of the truths revealed in Christ."
Or is it merely a matter of the eye of the beholder? When I was a Lit. major I could pull symbolism off the ingredient list on the back of a cereal box. Now that I'm writing a novel, I see parallels to my story all around me. (I've also spotted more than one of my characters on the street. It's true. I'm not crazy.)