We’ve turned the calendar page to the second month of the year—the one with the random ‘r’ in it that we’re not sure whether we should pronounce or not. Growing up in Michigan, February was usually a harder month than January. There might have been longer daylight hours, but they were more likely to be cloudy and gross. Whether you’re looking forward to this month or dreading it, may the dingy days still point you to the One who brings the sun to rise and set every day.
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An Invitation to Feast
Wendy Speake invites us.
- In my jewelry box are small tokens of love, given to me mostly by my husband and my mother over the years. I value them greatly and wear them regularly.
But within that box is something I prize most of all; not a pendant of gold, but something much more valuable: the torn and partially eaten corner of a thin Bible page.
When my firstborn child was only a few months old, he was rolling around and batting at toys as I sat beside him, reading my Bible on the living room floor. Without warning, my baby boy rolled onto his side, stretched out his chubby hand, and ripped out part of the page I was reading.
Play Ball! Best Sports Graphic Novels
Erica at What Do We Do All Day has a great list of graphic novels for us.
- Finding books about their favorite activity is a great way to hook a reader! If your kid loves sports, whether it’s basketball, soccer or even cheerleading, this list of sports graphic novels is for them. These exciting books will keep even the most reluctant of readers laughing, “wow-ing,” and most importantly of all, turning pages.
Preach the Gospel, Die, and Be Remembered
Ronnie Martin takes a turn on Nikolaus von Zinzendorf’s familiar quote.
- You may have heard a popular quote credited to a Moravian missionary from the 1700s named Nikolaus von Zinzendorf. It makes the rounds from time to time on social media, and it’s typically met with likes and affirmative replies. Preach the gospel, die, and be forgotten.
I think we should change it to: Preach the gospel, die, and be remembered.
How Does a Mother’s Love Affect Her Children?
Moms are very important in a kid’s life—for good or ill.
- Old photos tell a story, don’t they? When you look at old pictures of your mother and you when you were younger, several thoughts can surface, such as “I want to be like my mom” (though you probably have some exceptions). Or maybe it’s “I don’t want to have anything to do with my mom.” Two very different sentiments you may have expressed to a spouse, sibling, or child or said under your breath.
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Escape Into Reality: Jack Zulu and the Waylander’s Key
James D. Witmer reviews S.D. Smith’s new novel written with his son J. C. Smith.
- Hey folks, we just wanted to make sure that all fans of S. D. Smith’s Green Ember books have something new to enjoy! S. D. Smith and his son, J. C. Smith, have released a new book called Jack Zulu and the Waylander’s Key.
S. D. Smith wrote the The Green Ember Series for his children. Now he’s writing his next series with one of them. Jack Zulu and the Waylander’s Key is an enchanting adventure in the tradition of Tolkien and Lewis, as well as Spielberg and Lucas.
The Wonders of Orthography
A.C.S. Bird points to eight books about writing systems.
- For those of us reading blogs such as this one, literacy is a sacred trust. Our children grow up reading or being read to, possibly even before birth. Books are treasures, furniture, pastimes, and art. They are purchased in piles, bestowed with abandon, and brought home from the library in stacks. A world without the written word is inconceivable.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Need ideas for how to have fun as a family this month? Here’s a start!
Something to Watch
Destin asked an Apollo engineer to explain the Saturn 5 rocket.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team