Faith in Books: The Night Circus


The Night Circus

By Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is a difficult book to describe. Paranormal? Romance? Definitely fiction.   Wizards, magic, dreams, acrobatics, and the circus. Just a really good book. Here is the description from Morgenstern’s website:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. [See this link for further information.]

What did this book have to do with my faith? One of the impressions the book gives is that of our dreams. This made me think about my own dreams — those stories that play out in my head while I am asleep. Sometimes I remember them while most of the time I just have disjointed images or feelings. However, I wonder how often God speaks to us in our dreams and we don’t listen. The bible is full of people who have dreams or visions from God. Why can’t God still communicate with us in this way? After all, we would be a captive audience! Do you think God speaks to you in your dreams? How often to you follow what your dreams tell you?

I highly recommend this book.

Happy reading (and dreaming)!


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