“If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
— From To Kill a Mockingbird
I vividly remember being so moved by To Kill a Mockingbird that I couldn’t wait to give my book report on it in seventh grade. It definitely shaped my point of view (as did Twain’s provocative classic Huck Finn).
As United Methodist journalist Sam Hodges notes in an obituary of Harper Lee, the great American novelist “used the words ‘Methodist’ and ‘John Wesley’ in the first pages of her classic novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ and Methodism figured in her life as well as her fiction.”
Well, you just knew this United Methodist blogger was going to point out that Harper Lee’s point of view was informed by her faith and Wesleyan/Methodist theology.
More here on this quietly great American woman and may she rest in beautiful peace.