I would very much like the heat to stop now, thanks. I’m a Northern girl who loves my non-summer seasons, and August in North Carolina is a bit of a drag. On the other hand, I knew what I was getting into, and my heart goes out to those in other parts of the US and Canada who are used to cooler summers and have been facing crazy heat this year.
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Reading with Open Eyes & Hearts: A Review of Steeped in Stories by Mitali Perkins
Carolyn Leiloglou reviews a new book—about books—from Mitali Perkins.
- Mitali Perkins is the author of many wonderful books for children ranging from picture books to young adult novels. But I first heard of her not through her books but through this article she wrote for Christianity Today in which she claims the classic books she read as a child paved the way for her to later accept Jesus. When I learned she’d be discussing these classic children’s novels in more depth in her new book, Steeped in Stories: Timeless Classics to Refresh Our Weary Souls, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.
10 Back to School Prayers for Your Children
Whether back to school means bagged lunches and buses or settling down for table time each morning at home, these prayers will serve your family well.
- We are on the cusp of the start of a new school year! This year will likely be filled with extra challenges as we all continue to navigate COVID and the effects it’s had on our world. Covering our children with prayer is one of the most important ways we can support our kids as they venture back to school or begin their school year at home. God provides abundantly for his children.
Recognizing and Resting in God’s Wisdom
Sarah Ivy points us to the wisdom of God.
- Have you ever asked questions like these?:
Why am I suffering when I have sought to please the Lord?
Does God really love me?
Will God forgive me of this sin?
How do I handle my child’s anger?
My Tech-Wise Life by Amy Crouch and Andy Crouch
Our friends at Redeemed Reader recommend a book written by daughter-father duo Amy and Andy Crouch.
- A teen challenges her fellow teens to make smart decisions about technology in My Tech-Wise Life.
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Encouraging the ‘Why’
Alan Howell digs into that one word.
- There is a certain little word that can make parents crazy.
It is worse than ‘Oww!’, more frustrating than ‘No!’, and more challenging than ‘Mine!’
That word is: ‘Why?’
At a far-too-young age most children discover the word ‘why’ and its mystical powers for simultaneously getting parents to talk and flustering them.
“Hatchet” Is the Best Sort of Mature Book
Loren Eaton (re)introduces a classic YA book that’s really worth reading.
- When it comes to young-adult fiction (or YA, as it’s known in the industry), the subgenre often seems synonymous with “edgy.” Over at Pub(lishing) Crawl, Mandy Hubbard lists a bunch of boundary-pushing topics broached by big YA books in recent years.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Did you grow up playing with Oobleck? I remember enjoying it at school and begging my mom to make it at home. If you need a little inspiration of what to do with it, here are some suggestions.
Something to Watch
I was reminded of this song last week when my friend was looking for something to put together with her photos of their family vacation in a video for the family. At the end of the summer, in the heat of August and after a LOT of time together, you might need this joyous reminder of how much you love your family.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team