This week I’ve had to debate each night whether to turn on the heat in my house, but so far, I’ve held off…
A friend of mine asked this week: are you a keep it cold in the room and cuddle under warm blankets person or a keep the room warm person? I pass the question on to you as a conversation starter for this time of year.
Around the Web
Ordinary Life of Obedience is Never Ordinary
Katy Brink looks up from her ordinary life to see that God is working.
- Three official languages in a country the size of Maryland. Two official languages in the capital city which boasts well over half its residents being of foreign origin. Where in the world are we?
Jumper: A Day in the Life of a Backyard Jumping Spider by Jessica Lanan
Megan at Redeemed Reader reviews a lovely picture book that points us to the beauty of creation.
- A girl and a spider share adventures. Don’t overlook this masterpiece of creation that probably lives in your own backyard.
Art Proves We’re More than Dust in the Wind
Reviewing Jeremy Begbie’s new book, Terry Glaspey points us to the value of art for humanity.
- Years ago, the progressive rock group Kansas had a huge hit with an unlikely song, a spare and beautiful ballad that suggested “all we are is dust in the wind.” This little hymn of hopelessness reflects the way many of our contemporaries see themselves. It leads us to ask, Who are we and what kind of world do we live in? Is there any meaning to our existence?
On the Day When God Fails in Just One of His Promises
Tim Challies reminds us of God’s faithfulness.
- There’s nothing easier than looking at the world around us and feeling despair. Society is in open rebellion against God and it seems like that rebellion must soon lead to some kind of persecution against God’s people. Courts and politicians seem content to chip away at the right to speak freely and worship according to conscience. Higher education and mainstream media are glad to play along with every progressive agenda. And amidst it all, even the church seems to be distracted by silly nonsense and engrossed in petty quarrels.
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The Fairy Tale Reversal
Isabel Chenot points us to what is true: that the curse doesn’t win.
- Fairy tales are a mirror of reality. The mirror in a novel shows us what is hidden in our own heart. The mirror in a fairy catches something hidden, too.
Review: Like Me
Théa Rosenberg reviews a lovely picture book.
- It is 6:04 a.m. I am sitting at our kitchen table, fortifying myself with green tea as I prepare to write this post, surrounded by a stack of picture books, each waiting their turn to be reviewed. And yet: Like Me is conspicuously absent from that pile, because my daughter drifted downstairs a few minutes ago, sleepily proclaimed her love for that book, swiped it, and then drifted back upstairs to read Like Me in bed.
And that is the highest praise I can offer a book.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Ever wondered who in your family can build the strongest paper bridge? Try out these fun science activities and make it a challenge for the whole family!
Something to Watch
Kate Howe runs annual “Victober” reading groups and challenges, and in this video, she introduces us to her favorite Victorian authors and why she loves them.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team