The Warren & the World is Story Warren's weekly newsletter, providing a round-up of our favorite things from around the web as well as a review of what was on our site over the past week. We're glad you're here!
Around the Web:
Fifteen Keys to Parenting: What No One Tells You
Ann Voskamp writes, inspired by a new book from one of her friends.
- I’ve been the one who has had hollering mother meltdowns and wept on bathroom floors and I’ve been the one who has come to be held up by the tender grace of it:
Unless you walk with Jesus every day will be driven hard by pride or fear.
This is a good read for any parent's heart. Read more.
Seven Things a Good Dad Says
Staying on a theme, here, it seems. Tim Challies writes about the seven things a good dad says.
- I love you. Few things are more important to a child than knowing where he stands with his parents. As I think back to my childhood, I remember several friends who lived with uncertainty in their relationship with their parents, and their fathers especially. They longed to hear words of love and approval. But I saw other kids who had total confidence in that love and approval. Often the difference was little more than three simple words repeated regularly: “I love you.” Men can be so petty, so prideful, and hold back those words. Yet there is no good reason for it. The more awkward it feels, the more urgent it is. From the dads I admire I’ve learn that a father needs to say, “I love you,” and he needs to say it often.
Another great read for your parenting heart. Read more.
Dear Son, Your Dad Is Messed Up
Three in a row? Why not. This is a great letter from a new dad to his son:
- Your dad is a sinner. He’s messed up. God created him with a beautiful purpose: to know & worship the Triune God. But your dad missed the mark. Repeatedly. And purposefully. Your dad wasn’t an awesome person with just a few faults. He was faulty all over. He was like 200 lbs of swiss cheese, bespeckled with holes. Drained of any righteousness and yet overflowing with pride.
A Gospel-filled reminder. Read more.
The Interactive LOTR Map Is a Real Thing
There's this thing called the LOTR project. They're aiming to visualize Tolkein's work online. They've completed an interactive map. It's amazing. Go play.
Around the Warren:
Inkwell: Story Warren's Family Conference is June 21st.
S.D. Smith announces that registration is open for our upcoming family conference in Charlotte, NC. You saw the poster here last Friday.
- We are excited, delighted and…um, ignited?….yeah, ignited…to invite you, our friends, to our very first conference ever in the history of the world, ever.
If you haven't yet, check out the details. If you're in the area, register soon! We're excited to serve your kids and your whole family through this great event. Read more.
Boys hearts and minds hunger for stories
Paul Boekell brings us a great quote from our very own Julie Silander. Beautiful.
"Leepike Ridge" Plunges into Adventure
Loren Eaton introduces us to one of N.D. Wilson's great books. I'll let him do the talking:
- Normally, I cast around a bit when introducing these book reviews, looking for a snappy opener or a catchy illustration. This time I’m just going to say it plain: It’s hard to imagine a better book for preteen boys than N.D. Wilson’s Leepike Ridge.
The endorsement only gets better. Read more.
S.D. Smith writes the tale of a mouse, illustrated by Aedan Peterson.
- Southy was a mouse who stared out of windows. One window in particular was his favorite. When the people had gone to bed and the mice were searching through the house for crumbs, he would often ignore the mad scurrying below and sit with his arms under his chin and stare at the moon reflecting off the river in the valley behind the house. He didn’t like for anyone to know it, but occasionally, he would sigh and shake his head. The other mice, he believed, would never understand.
Another fun read-out-loud! Go read it.
Something to Do with Your Kids:
Erika Dawson pulled together a bunch of Christ-centered easter activities. A great collection to fuel to your creative engines. Read more.
And Something Fun to Watch
This is a pretty fun stop-motion movie about a girl made out of an elastic band. her name is Elastika.
Thank you for reading. We're on your side.