I went to hear Daniel Nayeri read his book, The Many Assassinations of Samir, Seller of Dreams and forgot to prep an email, so we’re coming to you late this week. If you haven’t yet treated yourself and your kids to Samir, I am here to remind you that you should—and while you’re at it, get Everything Sad is Untrue for the older ones.
Around the Web
5 Ways to Encourage Art Appreciation with Picture Books
Betsy at Redeemed Reader points us to books that will encourage the appreciation of art.
- When are children old enough to begin appreciating quality art? As soon as they start looking at picture books.
Faithful Presence Where Your Feet Are
Adam Ramsey encourages us to live faithfully.
- Have you ever considered that the perfect world of Eden was a roadless world? Roads are built to get us somewhere. While there was certainly a sense of expansion in God’s command to “fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28), the perfect life in a perfect world wasn’t found in getting somewhere but in abiding somewhere.
About Those Homeschool Plans
Sarah Mackenzie has a word of encouragement for the middle of fall.
- It’s a good time to talk about plans. Your homeschool plans, I mean. Because… well…
…are things going as planned for your homeschool year?
Yeah. Didn’t think so.
5 Things I Wish My Son Knew
Michelle S. Lazurek has a word for her son.
- In 2004, my whole world changed forever. I gave birth to my first son. If I’m honest, I was terrified about being a parent. I came from a controlling household, and I was afraid that I would do the same to my kids. But my doubts and fears soon subsided, and in 2006, I gave birth to my daughter.
Around the Warren
Don’t Be Original
In a culture calling for everyone to claim an original identity, James D. Witmer has a counter-cultural message.
- Whether we’re working creatively, or teaching the kids we love about creating, it’s easy to be haunted by a desire for originality. Nobody wants to hear, “You just copied!”
But as people of the Book, we’re uniquely free from the demands of novelty. We know we don’t work in a vacuum. Only God creates from nothing, so we are free to borrow and build from the beauty we see around us. More than that—if we humbly accept that our role is to reflect light, not to create it, then we become more truthful messengers of beauty.
Books for Hispanic Heritage Month
A.C.S. Bird recommends books to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
- Hispanic Heritage Month came to my attention only recently, but the annual commemoration originated in 1968. Initially a week in duration, it was extended to one month in 1988. The event begins mid-month because it was on September 15, 1821, that Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala declared their independence from Spain.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Want to expand your Halloween plans to include STEM activities? Erika at What Do We Do All Day has you covered.
Something to Watch
The Rabbit Room has begun posting videos of liturgies from Every Moment Holy. Here’s a favorite for your morning ritual.
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–The Story Warren Team