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
How Do You Walk Into Church?
- I do it three times every week: Every Sunday morning, every Sunday evening, and every Wednesday evening I walk into church. Sometimes I walk into church eager and full of expectation; sometimes I walk into church grudgingly and grumpy; sometimes I walk into church sick or sorrowful. But week after week I do it. And I attach very little significance to it.
Why I Show Children Hospitality (Even Though I’m Not a Parent)
- How did I, a woman without children of my own, end up hosting a tea party for six year olds? When I followed my husband to a new city a year earlier, making friends was challenging as a young, work-at-home woman with no children. Fortunately, my life was made richer through young moms in my church inviting me into their homes for coffee with them while their children napped. And, unsurprisingly, my coffee dates with the moms often included children too. And I realized I had a choice. I could see these children as a hindrance to my adult relationships or as an opportunity to show hospitality.
For the Love of your Soul
A bunch of my friends are participating in November’s Poem a Day challenge and some great stuff is being written. Meagan Smith’s “For the Love of Your Soul” stood out to me.
- For the love of your soul,
God sent you His Son
For the love of your soul
A great journey, begun
Gifts for Young Writers
- It’s always a challenge to get kids to write at home, isn’t it? Special writing materials and inspiration help. Peruse through this list of gifts for young writers to see if our kids would like any of these ideas — maybe you’ll get your kids to write more than you even imagined!
Around the Warren
Battling at the In-Between
Guest Jake Nuckolls considers life in the in-between, the liminal space.
- Let’s face it. Things are not as easy as we want them to be. I want to take my kids to the baseball game, but I have to make sure they have sunscreen on, water bottles prepped, a blanket, a chair, enough snacks or enough money to pay for snacks, and so on. It’s not like the “glory days” of college when I could simply wander down to the ballpark in the middle of the day just to catch the third inning on. Oh, and I didn’t care about sunscreen, because I didn’t have to.
“…they are crying out everyday.”
A Josh Bishop/Paul Boekell match-up. Good stuff on both sides.
Experimental and Edifying, This “Dawn” is Brilliant
Loren Eaton reviews Andrew Peterson’s The Burning Edge of Dawn.
- You’ve got to hand it to Andrew Peterson: The man isn’t afraid to take a risk.I first saw Peterson perform at Wheaton College’s Edman Chapel, a venue we fondly termed The Big Blue Cave. Few musicians seemed to be able to handle its cavernous acoustics, but I remember how Peterson filled the venue with warm, harmonious, pop-folk arrangements. It’s a signature sound I’d personally track from his freshman album Carried Away all the way to 2012’s Light for the Lost Boy.
And it’s a sound that has almost disappeared from his most recent effort, The Burning Edge of Dawn.
Guests Danielle Chalker and Chinwe Edeani partner up to bring us a new story, illustrated with photographs..
Something to Do with Your Kids
Have you ever been in a thrift store and seen how many knife blocks there are for sale? Here’s a fun project for using one make an art supply caddy.
And Something to Watch
This artist mom takes her 2-year-old daughter’s drawings and turns them into watercolor paintings. And that’s cool.
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