Yesterday at work, I saw a lady coming to the wrong door and trying to get in. It was pouring rain and any attempt to direct her to the right door would have required more verbal communication than is possible through a window and also for her to walk all the way around to the opposite side of the building. So I made a snap decision and grabbed my keys and unlocked a back door, calling to her and getting her inside out of the wet. “We can figure out where you need to go once you’re inside,” I said. And sometimes, that’s all you need—just to get protected from whatever is buffeting you so you can have a moment to think, to breathe, and to find your next step.
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Why You Need to Take a Risk on God
Alli Patterson considers risk as an essential part of faith.
- One day at my boss’s request, I walked into her office and sat down. I had given my two weeks’ notice a few days before that. I was leaving my career to pursue what I thought was a God-given opportunity.
My boss slid a paper across the desk and said, “Are you sure you know what you’re doing?” I glanced down and saw a curved graph on the paper in front of me. Based on my current level, pay, and performance rating, it showed my projected salary and bonus structure over the coming five years. She wanted me to see in black and white what I was walking away from.
Frog and Toad Books & Activities
Arnold Lobel’s books are classics for good reason.
- The early reader Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel are beloved by millions. Frog and Toad are best friends to each other –and to generations of growing readers. Here are some easy ways to stretch these stories with some Frog and Toad Story activities.
Bethany Cabell contemplates raising her sons to be human.
- His nearly weightless body skips across the house as he approaches the entrance to our garage. Back and forth, he appears to hover over the flooring, touching just briefly before he is back in the air. Turning at the corner of the couch, he places both hands on the sectional and hurls both legs into the air. Up and down, standing on his hands for a moment before his feet return to the ground.
2023 Newbery Buzz #5: I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
Our friends at Redeemed Reader discuss a YA book that might be considered for awards.
- I Must Betray You is one of those novels that straddles the line between Newbery age ranges and Printz age ranges. Will it get some love from either award committee? Or both?
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Review: Everything Sad is Untrue
Jessica Burke reviews Daniel Nayeri’s gorgeous novel.
- Whenever families get together, they usually tell old stories. There will be laughing and crying, eye rolling and interrupting, but that’s not the point. The point is remembering.
Remembering the things that happened and the people who were. Remembering where we come from and who we’ve loved. Remembering the places and the ways we changed while we were there. Remembering the hardships and suffering and walking through to the other side of it. Remembering humiliation and how it carved scars into us while also making us stronger. And more than anything else, remembering the faithful God who was and is and will be to come.
The Dog Who
Isabel Chenot weaves the tale of a dog named Young Man.
- Once upon a time, there was a dog named “Young Man”. I do not know why his name was ‘Young Man’, so please do not ask. Some things simply cannot be explained.
Young Man belonged to a young… er, to a boy named Bill. Bill belonged to his parents. You do not need to know his parents’ names, but they were Aragorn and Alsace.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Of course you want to make a Viking ship. It’s not even something to think about. Just do it.
Something to Watch
C.G.P. Grey explains how to become a pirate quartermaster.
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