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!
Ember Falls Kickstarter Is Kicking!
The Kickstarter for S.D. Smith’s new novel, Ember Falls, book 2 of the Green Ember series, began this week! If you haven’t yet, hop on over and back the project. The Kickstarter supporters will be the first ones to receive the book! Use the hashtags #TheGreenEmber and #RabbitsWithSwords when you share on social media about the Kickstarter!
Around the Web
Building a home your kids want to come home to
- I’ve always admired families who stay close after their children are grown. A boy who wants to bring his girlfriend home, girls who go shopping with their mom even after mom’s style is. . . mom-ish. Happy camaraderie and a freedom to be unique while coming back to the fold to be loved unconditionally are metaphoric blocks we are trying to build into our family structure.
Happy, healthy, close (but not clingy) grown families are so rare anymore. When I see one, I want to stop and pull up a chair and watch, like a happy movie, pressing pause at my favorite scenes and hyper-analyzing each minute detail.
Gandalf, Job, and the Indignant Love of God
- God isn’t simply overwhelming Job with raw power, but inviting him into an expanded point of view. God is displaying before Job a world in which his power is exercised with wisdom, care, and loving discernment for the good of his creatures. God, quite boldly, shows Job the perspective from which he views and governs his world.
No, You’re Not Losing Your Faith (Letter to Introverted Moms)
- Do you remember that quiet space?
I suspect you do. I think your body remembers it well, and feels its absence. You remember the days when you had access to that much needed alone time–when you could sit, read, pray, or just sip your coffee and stare at the couch.
Now? In those rare moments when you are able to get alone, you can’t seem to settle your brain. Your mind is racing, screaming, “What do I do? How should I use this precious bit of time? Don’t waste it. DON’T WASTE IT, WOMAN.” In your brain, you’ve already spent the time on five different activities. You’ve taken a hot bath and read a chapter of the next Wheel of Time book and made coffee and written in your journal and exercised and mediated and read your Bible.
The Day I Dug My Daughter’s Grave
Tabor Laughlin reminds us at the Desiring God blog that every life is of value–that even the shortest life is no shorter than four-score-and-ten in the face of eternity.
- I never imagined digging the grave of my own daughter.
The day of her funeral was cold and rainy. It seemed appropriate for what we were doing.
My wife, daughter, and I were driven far up in a mountain by a friend and his family. The place was remote. We couldn’t see the horizon in any direction; all we could see was the top of the dirt road we drove up. And no one else was in sight.
With my friend’s shovel, we dug a grave, he and I taking turns.
Around the Warren
Want To Help Us Give Kids “A New Story With An Old Soul?”
S.D. Smith shares a bit more about why he wants to tell new stories with an old soul.
- I want to tell new stories with an old soul.I want to look forward, to hope and dream, to gaze through the fog to the certain dawn of the true New World. I’m optimistic. In a big way.
But I also love looking back. I want to echo. I want my tales to resound with old words, old ways, and old wisdom.
I want to make vintage adventure.
Kelly Keller shares a poem by Elinor Wylie about the silence of snow.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Summer is on its way. Many of my friends’ kids are wrapping up school in the next week or two–other have a few more to go, but most everyone can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And then the summer days will come, hopefully filled with lots of good time outdoors. Here are some DIY backyard games you can make to play together as a family this summer!
And Something to Watch
Ever wanted to turn your trip to the coffee shop into a musical rendition? Here’s some inspiration.
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