I have a cat in front of me. I’m typing this message around his tail. He is determined to get my attention, and I’m determined to write an email. We may find ourselves at an impasse, my wrist pinned by his weight, but fingers free to type. Never have I been more grateful that my mother forced me to learn touch-typing. We’ve got a round-up from all over the web today. Enjoy!
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God Is Beyond and Behind the Enormous Universe
Chris Martin explores the new photographs from the James Webb telescope and what they remind us about God.
- I fell in love with astronomy and the mysteries of the night sky when my parents enrolled me in a science magnet elementary school. The school was equipped with a basic planetarium, and I remember as a kindergartner wondering, Is that all really up in the sky?
To Read or Not to Read? How to Choose Books
Betsy at Redeemed Reader gives some insight into how to choose books.
- We read ahead for you.
We’re passionate about kids’ books, culture, and Christ (although not necessarily in that order), and we value our (small) role in helping parents and educators make wise decisions about books for their children and teens.
My Dear Wormwood: A Screwtape Letter on the Art of Smartphone Addiction
Alisa Ruddel challenges us to consider our digital appendages with a riff on Lewis’ classic.
- My dear Wormwood,
I was pleased to hear you’ve been assigned a new charge: a young suburban mother of three who is prone to oversharing on social media and relies on her phone as a tether to the adult world. I hope you’re taking things seriously: mothers are never easy targets. Their maternal instincts are always against us. A mother rising at midnight, 2:00 AM, and 4:00 AM to feed the baby is as odious to me as a monk’s Matins, Lauds, and Prime! Remember that our Enemy has a Mother of whom He is exceedingly fond, and it’s given Him an irrational soft spot for all mothers. Best be on your guard.
Spineless by Samantha San Miguel
Janie at Redeemed Reader recommends an adventure story.
- A sickly young man finds both adventure and wisdom in Spineless, an enjoyable debut novel set in turn-of-the-century Florida.
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Dear Exhausted One
Ian Anderson speaks a word of encouragement.
- Maybe it was a sharp word spoken in frustration, maybe it was the dozen times I had to remind myself to focus on the dinner conversation, or maybe it was the muscles in my legs crying out as I climbed the stairs. Maybe it was the combination of all those things, and the flurry of obligations to come, that drove home this realization: I am tired.
Sheltering Mercy | Ryan Whitaker Smith & Dan Wilt
Théa Rosenburg reviews a book of prayers inspired by the Psalms.
- The Book of Psalms, perhaps more than any other biblical book, has a way of striking us right at our center. All of Scripture has this effect, to some degree. But for all their curious imagery, the psalms are written in language we understand: the emotion in them is raw, sometimes unexpected, and always deeply true. Reading them we are struck by verses that makes us think, “Yes, that’s exactly how it is.”
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