Echoes of Eden by Jerram Barrs sets out to explore literature and the arts and its relation to the historic Christian faith. With a deep commitment to the Christian worldview, the author helps readers navigate their way through the minefield of the arts.
One of the chief contentions of the author is that “great art contains elements of the true story: the story of the good creation, the fallen world, and the longing for redemption.” He argues that people long for a return to Eden – where truth, beauty and righteousness reign.
Barrs shows readers how books like The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings constitute great art by recalling the “echoes of Eden.” But in a bold move, the author also demonstrates how the so-called Echoes of Eden emerges in works by Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and J.K. Rowling.
Echoes of Eden is a book that Christians need to study and reflect on with a sober mind and an open heart. I felt as if I were reading a new book by Francis Schaeffer – a high compliment to the author. But beware: Readers will be challenged to “think Christianly” as Schaeffer used to say. Some readers will walk away convicted. Others will walk away challenged. At the end of the day, every reader will benefit from reading Barr’s work.