Costly Grace & Severe Mercy: Theological Resonance in Louise Penny's "Three Pines" Mystery Novels

Speaker(s): Maxine Hancock
Date: Spring 2019
Length: 1h13mins
Product ID: RGDL4902W

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Louise Penny's mystery series, set in the fictional village of "Three Pines" in Quebec's Eastern Townships, has commanded a large and committed audience that increases with each successive novel. In this lecture, we will listen for rich theological resonances in several of her novels, especially A Trick of the Light, The Beautiful Mystery, and A Great Reckoning.

Skilled as Louise Penny has shown herself to be in the conventions of detective fiction (she can be compared favourably with P. D. James), these novels are far more than escapist entertainment as they engage the great issues of good and evil, and of law and compassion.

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Maxine Hancock is Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies and Spiritual Theology at Regent College. Among her books are several on family relationships, including Living on Less and Liking in More, Re-evaluating Your Commitments and Creative, Confident, Children, as well as a study on John Bunyan in A Key in the Window: Marginal Notes in Bunyan's Narratives. She received the Word Guild's Leslie K. Tarr Award in 1990 for her contribution to Christian writing in Canada, and the Leading Women's Award in Communications and Media in 2004 for her leadership in communicating the Christian faith in Canada.

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