We’ve turned a corner again into a new month. If you live along the path of Hurricane Ida, you may have had a week of destruction or displacement, or you may have faced some other storm in your life over this week. Whatever it was, I hope you can turn the page to a new month and new season with joy.
Around the Web
When Furrows Fight Back
Aimee Joseph looks at the good work we are given and the broken world in which we aim to work it.
- Complaining about work is the adult equivalent of college students complaining about mid-terms and finals. And let’s be real, we all have those days when work feels like a weight too heavy to carry and “Everybody’s working for the weekend” is our theme song.
We are wired for work. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a result of the fall. Challenges in work and struggles with identity around work were most assuredly a consequence of man’s rebellion against God’s created and careful order; however, work itself honors God and is a needed part of human flourishing.
Happy “We Love Memoirs” Day!
I’m so sad I missed “We Love Memoirs” day. I love memoirs; I should have known to celebrate! Ah, well, at least we got a great list of memoirs out of it.
- It’s for real—two memoir writers cooked it up on Facebook almost two decades ago and their page has over 5000 followers who throw an online party every August 31st. When you think about it, it’s surprising nobody thought of it sooner. Memoirs are a time-tested and time-honored form of literature, at least since Augustine, whose Confessions might be considered the first psychological autobiography.
The Unifying Power of Singing
Andrew Wilson digs into the value and importance of singing together.
- Singing unites body and soul.
“My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed” (Ps. 71:23). It is wonderful to “make melody in your hearts,” rejoicing before the Lord in our innermost being, but singing aligns the body—the tongue, the throat, the chest, the diaphragm, the breath in the lungs, and the vibrations in the thorax—with the rejoicing in the soul, and by doing so reinforces it.
J. R. R. Tolkien for Kids by Simonetta Carr
Hayley at Redeemed Reader introduces a great introduction to one of the Inklings
- An interactive biographical introduction to Tolkien with 21 activities, J. R. R. Tolkien for Kids is perfect for middle grade Tolkien enthusiasts.
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Review: Slugs & Bugs Sing the Bible, Volume 4
Glenn McCarty takes a trip down memory lane to introduce the fourth volume of Sing the Bible.
- I’ve got a memory tucked into my pocket from nearly a decade ago: it’s a fall afternoon, and I’m pulling the family car into the local apple farm for an afternoon of picking, two young boys in their car seats in the backseat, and a song about “bears, bears” who’ve “got no cares” jangling out of the speakers.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Need some fun activities for the whole family now that we’ve entered September? Check out this list from The Artful Parent.
Something to Watch
The Psalms are an incredible collection of biblical poetry, but they’re so much more. The Bible Project explores the book’s structure and purpose.
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