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
3 Ways to Pass on Faith to the Next Generation
At The Gospel Coalition, Tim Keller writes about passing on the faith.
- It is impossible to lay blame neatly when one generation fails to pass its faith on to the next one. Did the first generation fail to reach out, or did the second generation just harden their hearts? The answer is usually both. Mistakes made by one Christian generation are often magnified in the next, nominal one.
Commitment is replaced by complacency—and then by compromise.
An interesting example is early New England. Nearly all the first settlers in 1620 to 1640 were vital, biblical Christians. But by 1662, the first generation realized that many of their children and grandchildren were only nominal—believers in name only.
They Said It Would Get Better
- I remember when we first moved back to California, and the nightly nightmares began. He’d scream at the top of his lungs, and I’d jolt awake with my heart racing; anger, frustration, concern beating fast within my chest. I’d rush into his room stressed, wanting to comfort but also curse him back to sleep. My motherly nurture wrestled with my human need for rest. What had happened to the days when he’d sleep through the night? The days and nights when it had been easy, good, peaceful? I longed for that season, wanted to will it back into existence. I was in a long nightmare of sleepless nights again, and I couldn’t see the end of it.
Books about the Olympics
- Has your family caught Winter Games Fever yet? It’s time to load up at the library with books about the Olympics!
Just in case you feel the Winter Games Fever symptoms coming on (excitement, anticipation and an urge to luge), we have a few related books to share with you today.
Counseling and the “Inconsolable Things”
Lore Ferguson Wilbert writes about discovering our weaknesses.
- If you ever get the chance to pay someone $100+ dollars to sit across from you and tell you all the things you’re doing wrong and call it counseling, I suggest you do. It sounds like a lose-lose, but I promise if the counselor is good (and mine is), it will be worth every penny. You would think you would leave a room like that poorer both in money and in strength, but the truth is the money is an investment for the aching muscles you’re exercising. It’s like the gym for your soul. You stretch, you grow, you ache, you get stronger. That’s the hope anyway.
Around the Warren
Welcoming the Wandering Son
Scott James shares the story of his son’s encounter with The Yearling and what Scott himself learned in it.
- My son broke my heart the other day. He had just finished reading one of my favorite books, The Yearling, and he was telling me how the closing scenes affected him. If you’ve not yet read this classic, I’ll spare you the main spoilers but suffice it to say, the young protagonist Jody Baxter experiences significant family strife near the end of the story. Furious and feeling betrayed, Jody runs away only to find that life away from his family is even more difficult than life with them.
When I Give A Book
Helena Sorensen shows us what she considers when she gives a book.
- We’re spoiled around here. Though I’m sure there’s no shortage of used book stores in your town, in Tennessee we have the King of Used Book Stores, the Grand Pooh-bah of the Printed Word. We have McKay’s. This is the place that has allowed me to build a library for my children, that has occupied the family on many rainy afternoons, that has proven the perfect date night destination. This is the haven of bliss where I find new Buechner memoirs I’ve never heard of (how many did he write?), where I fight the temptation to replace my entire set of The Chronicles of Narnia (just because), where I pop my fiftieth copy of The Phantom Tollbooth into the cart “to give to a friend.” (I can’t stop myself.)
Sunny and Eve – Part One
We’ve got a Story Warren original coming your way in three parts over the next couple weeks. We’re so excited to present Isabel Chenot’s story “Sunny and Eve,” accompanied by Will Kelly’s illustrations.
- When she was seventeen, Eve found she could spin vapor thread from water, with a glimmer of light for a spindle. She could twist and filigree threads of vapor along her breath to patterns she saw in her dreams, and tether the apparitions to moonbeams – lighter than air and all the colors of stained glass. They were visiting the lake: she went out after Sunny and her father fell asleep to walk through its lapping hem, spinning white crests to prismatic clouds. And she knew that what people said about her mother was true.
Something to Do with Your Kids
My friends further north are gearing up for another winter storm coming through, so if that’s you, or if you’re just experiencing downpours that are keeping you stuck indoors, maybe you need Rachel Schmoyer’s list of things to do on a Snow Day.
And Something to Watch
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