A friend posted a screenshot of her weather today and called it “Augtober” and that’s just about how I feel. This afternoon I baked in the front room of my house because that’s where the big computer screen is. Meanwhile, the leaves are beginning to change from green to gold, so it must be a turn of the year, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Ah, well. Speaking of green, did you catch the Green Writer Course from S.D. Smith yet? You can try the FREE sample sessions today!
Around the Web
The Legend of Hobart by Heather Mullaly
Our friends at Redeemed Reader review a middle-grade book.
- The Legend of Hobart pays affectionate tribute to fairy-tale tropes in a story about becoming a true hero.
The Best Choice: Bringing Christ into Our Decision-Making
Aimee Joseph looks at the choice that precedes all our choices.
- I don’t remember much about registering for baby gear, but I remember crying. What was intended to be an exciting afternoon with my husband turned into a near panic attack. As if carrying a child with an eternal soul in my womb was not weighty enough, I was assaulted with hundreds of secondary and tertiary questions. Disposable or cloth diapers? If disposable, which brand? Pacifier or no pacifier? If yes, which brand? Three hours later, we walked out of a giant superstore far less confident and far more overwhelmed as soon-to-be parents.
before the storm
Mandy at life.faithful considers the birds riding before the storm.
- As I was driving down the dirt road this morning on my way to work, the clouds caught my attention. It was definitely one of those times I wish I had a camera with me,
The Least Lovable: And the Unfathomable Mystery of God
Philip Yancey’s new memoir opens a door into his story of faith that rings true with the many books he’s written. He writes at Anne Voskamp’s blog.
- God hangs like a mist over the Bible college campus—sung to, testified about, studied, feared.
Yet for me, whether in family, church, or college, the motions of faith have always proved unreliable. I have proved unreliable.
Too many times I have adopted the guise of a Christian, only to have the reality vanish like vapor.
Around the Warren
A Storybook Life
Priscilla Bower considers her overlooked storybook life.
- “It was straight out of a storybook!” my friend exclaimed. She was describing to me her visit to North Carolina, the state where I grew up.
“There were so many old houses and white picket fences, chickens pecking around the yard and I just expected little children in neat, white clothing to come out of the door ready to go for a buggy ride.”
Discovering Prayers of a Parent, by Kathleen Nielson
Théa Rosenburg reviews a series of prayer books for parents at every stage.
- When our first child was a baby, I did not have to look hard to find parenting advice. Strangers offered it unsolicited; moms at church were eager to share their hard-won wisdom. And the books were everywhere: whether I was learning how to introduce my daughter to solids or troubleshooting potty training, I never struggled to find a manual meant to walk me through it.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Do you have an autumn bucket list? Is everything here on it?
Something to Watch
I had a professor in grad school who mentioned one time that Tree and Truth were etymologically related, but I never actually got to the bottom of it. This video does!
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team