It’s been a chilly January in my part of the world. I’m grateful for big sweaters, cozy blankets, hot tea, and cuddly cats. And I’m grateful for good books and puzzles and twinkle lights left up from Christmas. Light shines in the darkness, even in January, and the darkness can’t overcome it.
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Set Me Free by Ann Clare LeZotte
Our friends at Redeemed Reader review a middle grade novel.
- Set Me Free follows the further adventures of Mary Lambert, a deaf girl growing up in Martha’s Vineyard at the turn of the 19th century.
On Suffering Well and the Mercy of God
Marissa Bondurant considers what it means to suffer well.
- She stood next to me one Sunday with tears streaming down her cheeks. Without looking at her, I gave her arm a squeeze. Both our faces were up; both of us were singing loudly. But I was singing of God’s faithfulness with a new baby strapped to my body, and she was singing of God’s faithfulness with the stinging news of another failed IVF treatment.
In my heart I wondered, “How is my friend doing it? If I were in her shoes, there is no way I’d be able to sing to the Lord this morning.”
A Little Poetry Improves a Life
Leland Ryken is a scholar who loves God’s Word and loves the literature of God’s Word. He explores the value of verse here.
- From the early days of my teaching, I have enacted a ritual to introduce poetry into a course. I ask the class, “How do you know that God intends for you to understand and enjoy poetry?” Inevitably, the class stares at me as though I had just arrived from Mars. Then I ask in a slightly more menacing tone, “How do you know that God intends for you to understand and enjoy poetry?”
It is gratifying to see how quickly someone comes up with the correct answer. That answer is that approximately one-third of the Bible comes to us in poetic form.
A Message for Young Men
A father of two young women himself, Tim Challies writes a message for young men.
- Somewhere out there in the great, wide world, someone is praying for you. He probably doesn’t know you and you probably don’t know him. You may not meet one another for many more years. But he’s praying for you nonetheless and has been for a very long time.
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Writing on the Dawn Treader
There’s still time to join the next course in Jonathan Rogers “Writing with…” series.
- January 25, 2022 Jonathan Rogers is returning to Narnia for the next installment of his “Writing with…” series of online classes. In Writing on The Dawn Treader, Jonathan will walk writers through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, examining the specific tools and methods by which C.S. Lewis achieves his particular kind of magic. Then, in weekly exercises, writers will apply Lewis’s techniques to their own storytelling.
Louis L’Amour and the Moral Imagination
Kevin Morse encounters Louis L’Amour again.
- “My brother, Orrin Sackett, was big enough to fight bears with a switch. Me, I was the skinny one, tall as Orrin, but no meat to my bones except around the shoulders and arms.” –The Daybreakers, 1984
The other day I read those words for the first time in about twenty five years and the strangest thing happened.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Bubbles are one of the best ways to play if you’re a kid. They’re usable inside and out. If you need some ideas for your own bubble play, including how to make homemade bubbles, here’s a great resource for you.
Something to Watch
Destin at Smarter Every Day digs into the US Coast Guard’s search operations.
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–The Story Warren Team