From a look at the holiness of God to a meditation on living life a little larger, we’ve got a lot of great stuff this week. And that doesn’t even get you to the Story Warren site, where our contributors are recommending books and encouraging you as you foster holy imagination in the kids in your lives. Do good this week, friends.
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Why Waiting is Good News
Ashley Hales points us to the gift of waiting.
- As a family, we needed to see something grow, to learn to care for green and growing things, to get our hands in the dirt. We needed a small starting place: a project that wasn’t about what we could do but what we could watch. So my husband built a custom cedar planter for our patio.
Then one Saturday we loaded up our four children into the minivan and headed to the nursery. While my children wanted berry bushes and fruit trees, we settled on things that would fit in our raised bed planter: a few starter vegetables and herbs, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, basil, dill, rosemary, cilantro, and mint.
Should We Avoid Abridged or Adapted Versions of the Classics?
Sarah Mackenzie explores his topic in her latest episode of Read Aloud Revival.
- You’ll hear…
what abridged or adapted versions of the classics can offer
what happened when Sarah’s daughter read an abridged version of Heidi
how adapted books can lead to better, richer reading
The Divine Attribute We Often Ignore
A review of Jackie Hill Perry’s Holier Than Thou.
- When A. W. Tozer wrote one of his most famous phrases, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us,” I doubt he knew how often Christians around the world would use and repeat it.
Until recently in my adult life, if you asked whether I thought of God as beautiful, true, and good, I would probably tell you yes. But if you asked me about his holiness, I’m not sure what I would have said.
Renovaré Book Club: An Invitation
This one’s for the grown-ups in the family. Carolyn Arends invites you to join a book club this fall.
- The Renovaré Book Club is about to begin a new season, and you are warmly invited to join us. This year we’ll be reading together:
Around the Warren
Justin Patton looks at one of the great moments of grace.
- In September of 1931 J.R.R. Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, and C.S. Lewis took part in a late-night conversation at Oxford University. This was not only a pivotal moment in Lewis’s life (helping to convince him of the validity of Christianity), but also a well-chronicled moment for mythopoeic grace. Two of the great literary figures of the twentieth century struggled for, and found, common ground that night—through the concept of myth.
Big Questions Series
Théa Rosenberg reviews a series that invites us to ask big questions.
- Today at lunch, my seven-year-old summed it up neatly. “Is the virus going to last forever?” she asked.
I took a few meditative bites of leftover tandoori before I answered. “No,” I said. “It won’t. I don’t know how long it will last, but it won’t last forever.” Meaning: eventually Jesus will come back. The pandemic will definitely be over by then.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Need a way to make the weekend more fun? Try one of these family activities for fall!
Something to Watch
A great meditation on 10 words from a stranger.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team