Tag Archives: Hans Christian Andersen

Save It for Those Who Listen

“I am used to better things,” said the Beetle. “Do you call this place pretty? Why there is not even a dung heap.”  The beetle, in Hans Christian Andersen’s story by that name, may be an example of what Scripture calls an arrogant cynic (Proverbs 9:7-12, The Message version). Not only did the beetle believe […]

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When Reading and Writing is Difficult

Hans Christian Andersen’s writing style was unique for the time. Interestingly, Andersen is believed to have had dyslexia which caused considerable challenges in school especially when it came to spelling. Unfortunately, his school days were not happy ones. He lived in a time with little understanding of the fact that not everyone learns in the […]

Hardships for Success

Our early struggles often feed our future successes. They can provide opportunities for personal growth and creative inspiration. Such is the way with Hans Christian Andersen. Andersen was born on April 2, 1805, into a poor family. The Andersen’s lived in a one-bedroom home in an impoverished area. They moved two years later to a […]

The Look of a Hero

Thumbelina was born within the petals of a flower. She was no taller than a thumb.The Steadfast Tin Soldier had only one leg. The Ugly Duckling was ridiculed because of his unusually large size and looks. These are the heroes in Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. Compassionate, humble, and courageous. Be open to the possibilities within those […]

Twisting the Truth

Want a fun way to pray and ponder Scripture? Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message pairs passages from Andersen’s fairy tales with The Message (Scripture in contemporary language). Here is a sampling from the book: “But he has nothing on!” said a little child. “Just listen to the innocent!” said the child’s father. But […]

Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message

Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message. What can such a title mean? Well, think fairy tales and Bible. My newest book, Hans Christian Andersen Illuminated by The Message, pairs passages from some of our favorite fairy tales (Emperor’s New Clothes, Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, and The Steadfast Tin Soldier) with Scripture. It’s an […]