As I have often mentioned here on the blog, I have been deeply influenced by the Inklings. Recently, I was able to watch The Fantasy Makers documentary by Refuge 31 Films and was emotionally and intellectually moved by this wonderful film.
J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and George MacDonald were the pioneers of the fantasy genre, and their impact has been unmistakable. Their works–exploring Middle-earth, Narnia, and other tales of redemption, sacrifice, and the battle between good and evil–have become bestselling books and blockbuster movies. Contemporary fantasy writers such as J.K. Rowling grew up inspired by them. All three were deeply committed Christians, and their spiritual convictions permeate their writing. They engaged and challenged from the pulpit of imagination, speaking truth through fantasy. This documentary examines the spiritual influences of these fantasy pioneers and the lasting impact their works have had on our present-day culture. (Amazon.com description)
This documentary does an amazing job delving into the lives of three authors who not only had an amazing impact on the fantasy genre, but a profound impact on my personal life with their writings. It was also wonderful to see my friend Derek White, known as The GeekPreacher, provide his own insights into these amazing authors.
If the fantasy genre or any of these three authors interests you, then I highly recommend you find an opportunity to view The Fantasy Makers film. It is currently available for purchase and is even free on Amazon Prime for a limited time.