From the Minister’s Study – December 2021

winter field with trees and sunshine

The snow has arrived, and with it being December, the snow is here to stay for several months. As many of you know, this is my favourite time of year. I love the chill in the air, and the way that the snow softens the sounds of the world around us.

Winter is when I have the most opportunities to delve into stories, usually represented in the stack of books waiting to be read on my bedside table, or in my digital queue on my devices. If, like me, you spend this time of year doing internal work alongside the outward work of keeping people warm and fed, I would offer you some recommendations for the months ahead.

One of my favourite series is Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children. The books are in a shared universe, often sharing characters, but each stands alone as its own story. Each centers a youth who finds themselves not quite fitting into our world in which they were born, and discovering a Door leading them to a different world in which they can grow into their best and favourite self. The series offers fantastic and magical new places to dream about and explore, but is still rooted in the power of relationships and caring for each other as the way to survive anything that comes our way.

One of the best books I’ve read in recent years is The Midnight Bargain by Canadian author C.L. Polk. It’s a lush and vibrant world in which magic exists, but is primarily used to control and subjugate women of all economic classes. Both romantic and familial love are lifted up in this novel as the forces which can undo hundreds of years of oppression. 

Finally, I’ll share with you something from my to-be-read pile that I picked up recently at McNally Robinson: Alternate Plains. It’s an anthology of speculative fiction, edited and published by Manitobans, featuring authors (and settings) from across the Canadian prairies. I’m quite excited to dive into this one, and to experience what our unique home here in the centre of Canada ignites in the imagination of some of our writers.

In gratitude and faith,

Rev. Meghann