“Whatever things were rightly said among all men, are the property of us Christians.” —Justin Martyr.
Finding the Truth in Story is an effort to find some of what has been rightly said among men and, through a Christian reading, return the property to its rightful owner. In this first volume, Tyrel Bramwell finds the Truth of God’s Word in twenty-five Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, including classics such as The Frog King, Tom Thumb, and Cinderella.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT FINDING THE TRUTH IN STORY
“What John Granger (Hogwarts Professor) is to J.K. Rowling, Rev. Tyrel Bramwell is to Grimm’s Fairy Tales. The brilliance of Bramwell’s work is that he leaves the translation of the text alone and lets it stand on its own merit and from that merit he injects the truth of Christianity into the story, giving flesh to the bones of tales as old as time. The story pops out as always, yet there is a simplicity to the language so that a child can absorb what Bramwell is teaching. Finding the Truth in Story: Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Vol. I is a must have for the family library and for those times when your little one wants ‘…just one more story then I’ll go to sleep.’
“Cinderella. You know the story right? Wrong. Not unless you have read the Grimm’s fairytale version. And I can promise and attest that even if you have read the Grimm version, that you haven’t read the biblical truths found in it. Here enters Rev. Tyrel Bramwell and this book. Pick it up and you won’t put it down. Read it to your children. Then, teach it to them. That they might find Christ’s truths in other stories.”
“This book carries forward a classic to a new generation with a new twist.
The fairytale genre is a dying art. This is sadly so, as fairytales have much to offer in the grand corpus of timeless literature. Among the greatest works of fairytales are those of the Brothers Grimm. Bramwell offers the world a contemporary update to the extant older 1884 version, but adds on refreshing commentary to each tale that looks at these tales through the lens of Holy Writ.
J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, “The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. They contain many marvels—peculiarly artistic, beautiful, and moving: ‘mythical’ in their perfect, self-
contained significance…” Bramwell’s work captures the essence of Tolkien’s view of fiction and presents it from a uniquely Lutheran perspective. Indeed, the best told stories are those that best reflect the story of salvation, that which was planned by God from the foundation of the world to be told at just the right time. Bramwell masterfully orients readers to how stories such as these classics both fill and fulfill one’s imagination in similar fashion to the experience of reading the Scriptures for the first time.”
Teacher of philosophy, literature, and history