It’s a month when busyness fights against gratitude. May you seek gratitude and seek joy in these days of darkening.
Around the Web
Touching Reality: Cultivating Spiritual Rhythms in the Home
Chris Pappalardo writes at Risen Motherhood on how to cultivate rhythms of growth in your home.
- Every parent has experienced the struggle of trying to create and sustain healthy spiritual habits in the home. Even if you were a champion of prayer, Bible reading, or Scripture memory before you had kids (and, um, I wasn’t), it’s a completely different challenge to integrate these rhythms into busy family life.
Technology usually doesn’t help. For all the ease that technology provides, it also comes with an unwelcome bundle of problems—more noise, more connectivity, an expectation of quick-and-easy, constant interruptions. So if you’ve ever felt like your efforts at cultivating spiritual rhythms have crashed harder than a first-gen iPhone, join the club.
Andrew Peterson Reads from The God of the Garden
Andrew Peterson’s new book is the result of a lifetime shaped by trees—and by the Creator of trees and growing things. Check out this video of him reading a chapter.
- During this year’s Hutchmoot: Homebound, we had the pleasure of hearing Andrew Peterson read the chapter “Places and Noplaces” from his new book, The God of the Garden. Here it is, in case you missed it the first time or would like to hear it again.
Redeemed Reader’s Christmas Gift Lists
The folks at Redeemed Reader have done a fantastic job pointing to independent and small press book publishers and booksellers who are making great books. If you’re looking to shop small and want some recommendations of where to look, check out their blog feed.
- Readers, as part of our 2021 Christmas Gift Lists, we’re featuring favorite Christian publishers and booksellers. Amazon is a great option for many things, but shopping directly from Christian booksellers and publishers is a great way to support fellow Christians in an industry increasingly hostile to Christians.
Stewarding the Struggle
Karen Grant writes a reminder to encourage and seek joy.
- The rough concrete scratched my toes as I focused on keeping my nose above water at the Fun in the Sun Club pool in Arlington, Texas. My goal that day was to touch the bottom. Water pooled in my ears and my hair swayed like seaweed in my eyes as I learned to hold and release my breath while flipping upside down to touch the bottom. Then I could swim toward the light.
Around the Warren
Hear, Smell, Feel – Together
James D. Witmer reminds us to bring our senses to the truth of God’s world around us: together.
- If you’re anything like me, it’s not uncertainty about the importance of truth and beauty that brings you to blogs like Story Warren. It’s that artful parenting is hard, and lonely, and sometimes feels like merely adding to an already impossible list of parenting demands. If you’re like me, you need to be reminded that sharing truth and beauty is worth the cost.
A Tale of Two Kings | Gloria Furman
Théa Rosenburg reviews Gloria Furman’s picture book which reminds us that it is not supposed to be this way, and it will not be.
- Last month we had to put a beloved cat to sleep.
Her name was Captain Jack Sparrow, and she was one of two littermates my husband and I adopted early in our marriage when we decided, on a whim, to stop by the pet store just to “look at the kittens.”
Something to Do with Your Kids
If you’re making Thanksgiving dinner in a few weeks you may be consumed with that, but if you need ideas for things to do outside dinner itself, here are some great suggestions.
Something to Watch
It’s always fun to watch these things.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team