Stories & Songs

Stories and songs of various formats and genres have been instrumental in shaping and defining who I am today. I strongly believe in the power of story to inspire and inform every aspect of our life–including our professional endeavors. Teachers and leaders have much to learn from the study of story.

Here are a list of the primary stories and songs that have inspired, informed, and shaped my life and work:

Books (fiction):
Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis
The Hobbit,
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton
The Chronicles of Narnia (series), by C.S. Lewis
The Wingfeather Saga (series), by Andrew Peterson
Space Trilogy (series) by C. S. Lewis
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Villete, by Charlotte Bronte
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
Fairyland (series) by Catherynne Valente
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis
The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin Jr.
Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
Various fairy-tales by George MacDonald and Hans Christian Andersen
Almost anything by Charles Dickens

Books (non-fiction):
Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
The Four Loves, by C.S. Lewis
The Problem of Pain, by C.S. Lewis
Orthodoxy, by G.K. Chesterton
Reading Between the Lines: A Christian Guide to Literature, by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
Various essays and writings by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and G.K. Chesterton

Life is Beautiful
Les Miserables
The Lord of the Rings
Song of the Sea
The Breadwinner

The Sound of Music
Schindler’s List

Television Programs:
Doctor Who

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Various BBC literary adaptations

Musical Artists:
Andrew Peterson
The Classic Crime
Rend Collective
Vocal Few

Bedrich Smetana
Antonin Dvorak
Ludwig von Beethoven
Hector Berlioz
J.S. Bach
Murray Gold
John Williams
Howard Shore
John Powell