Johanna Bittle

Johanna Bittle

Johanna Bittle writes from a lifelong love of captivating story. Homeschooled through high school, she graduated from Hillsdale College having studied History and Classics. She shares her pursuit of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful with her half-dozen precocious children, whom she schools at home.


The Light and Love of Ordinary Families
by Johanna Bittle | December 01, 2020
Hilda’s maturing faith transformed her writing. While her early stories are lively and captivating reflections of her Dutch and Irish childhood, her later stories, especially Winged Watchman and Borrowed House, explore the complex and changing realities of Europe in the grips of the World War II and the spiritual struggles of those caught in its destructive wake.

Glimpses of Joy and Truth in Fantasy
by Johanna Bittle | January 01, 2020
It is nearly impossible to overstate the impact J.R.R. Tolkien's life and work has had on the literary genre of fantasy. As with any great artist, Tolkien was able to succeed in his own right because he had first mastered the canon of the form. Just as a excellent contemporary dancer relies on their foundational training in classical ballet, or a Jazz improvisationalist on their hours of faithfully running through scales, Tolkien's brilliant advancement of fantasy was predicated on his nearly immeasurably broad and deep knowledge and comprehension of the function, form, and symbology of language and myth. He understood that for something to be fiction, even fantasy, does not mean that it is untrue, rather, the very best of fiction is such precisely because it is True.

Overcoming Our Fear of Missing the Treasure by Sharing the Map: Part Two
by Johanna Bittle | March 01, 2019
Johanna shares many budget-friendly strategies for building your home library of living books. Several of these highlight ways you can put Reshelving Alexandria’s membership to work for you.

Overcoming Our Fear of Missing the Treasure by Sharing the Map: Part One
by Johanna Bittle | November 01, 2018
We have seen what happens when Reshelving Alexandria, A Delectable Education, or Circe shares a good book or series with us and suddenly prices skyrocket as every available copy is snatched up online. A little-known book that could be found for a few dollars just hours before is now available for no less than the cost of a month’s groceries for a family of eight, if it can be found at all. Why then is it a good idea for Reshelving Alexandria and these other apologists for living books to continue to share their finds with the world, knowing that prices may rise when they do?

But I’m not Catholic! (or Jewish, or Mormon, or…)
by Johanna Bittle | October 01, 2018
One of the best ways to discover these pilgrim stories is through books that feature their faith prominently, acknowledging it as a real and driving “why” behind both their devotion to our country and their many contributions to exploration, discovery, medicine, education, innovation, settlement, and statesmanship. I can open my children’s eyes to the lives of many of the Catholics who are an integral part of the fabric of our country, men and women whose names and contributions are either missing from the Landmark and Signature series, or whose stories are told there, but in an incomplete way, without the illuminating context of their faith.