Whether you’re facing change, need a word of encouragement, or looking for a good book to read, I hope we’ve got something for you today. We sign off like this every week, but I hope you know it’s true: we’re on your side.
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When Life Stirs You Up: Name the Loss
Kristen Strong faces change.
- Do you know what happens when your twin sons leave for college, their little sister has a Texas-sized hole in her heart because of it, and really, your whole house feels positively cavernous without two-thirds of your children within its walls?
Your husband and daughter talk you into getting a new puppy, that’s what happens.
The Misadventured Summer of Tumbleweed Thompson
Carolyn Leiloglou looks back at a favorite.
- If you think your kids wouldn’t enjoy a western, you just might be wrong. When we visited Colorado this summer, I chose an audiobook themed to our location. The Misadventured Summer of Tumbleweed Thompson by Glenn McCarty with illustrations by Joe Sutphin is a rollicking western adventure set in the Colorado frontier that your whole family is sure to love. My son and I had already read it, but I was surprised that my eight-year-old kept begging for one more chapter. Even my fantasy-loving sixteen-year old loved McCarty’s descriptions and storytelling.
Church History from Kingstone
Janie at Redeemed Reader reviews three new resources for studying church history.
- Three publications by Kingstone Media inform readers about Luther, Vladimir, and Martyrs of the 1st-3rd centuries.
There Comes a Little Pilgrim, and This Time, He’s a Rabbit
Joe Sutphin’s new illustrated version of Little Pilgrim’s Progress gets a good introduction, from none other than his wife Gina.
- I’m not exactly sure where this journey began. It certainly didn’t start with us as a couple. It didn’t start with little Joe Sutphin drawing pictures on church bulletins with his dad. It didn’t start with little Gina Black singing into her hairbrush wanting to be Amy Grant. It didn’t even start with our parents, or Helen Taylor, or even John Bunyan himself. Parts of this puzzle probably began all the way back before God made humanity. It’s likely rooted somewhere in that space of existence and knowledge that reaches beyond what our finite mind can fathom and understand. I have come to accept that much of this experience we call life falls into that space.
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The King and the Kids’ Table
Alan Howell considers how the King would look at the Kids’ Table.
- Do you remember when you “graduated” from the kids’ table and joined the adult table at Thanksgiving or other family gatherings? Was that transition something you’d looked forward to? Or did you find yourself wishing you were back with younger siblings and cousins?
Review: Scott James’ Family Devotionals
James D. Witmer reviews two new family devotionals by Scott James.
- It’s a truism that caring for children takes a lot of work. I once heard someone say that we can best describe that work as hospitality. We feed them, we provide clean towels, fresh soap, laundry service, complimentary transportation, and many other gestures of hospitality, in hopes that they will feel welcome and wanted. We tell them true stories about a King, and His kingdom that is already here and yet still coming, longing in faith for them to believe that they belong there, beloved by Him.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Have you ever made cloud dough? Why not?
Something to Watch
Everyone here always wanted to be on the crew of a nuclear sub, right? No? Just me? Oh. Well, sorry, when Destin from Smarter Every Day does a series on subs, I kinda geek out, so now you get to as well!
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team