In reading The Narnian, Alan Jacob’s bio on CS Lewis, I came across a great quote by GK Chesterton worth pondering by any English teacher: “Literature is luxury. Fiction is a necessity.”
Jacob explains: “…the stories most greatly treasured, and treasured for the longest periods, are those that trace, in bold lines, the outlines of our deepest experiences. And if it is stories, among all the things we make and do, that mean the most to us as we face our own battles, journeys, and riddles, what does that suggest?”
He quotes Chesterton further: “The life of man is a story; an adventure story; and in our vision the same is true even of the story of God.”
This is akin to Tolkien’s notion of subcreation and his thought we are, ourselves, the story told by God. This idea brought me back to faith, but I have to admit, it’s been over two years and I can still barely articulate it.