Friday, January 6, 2012

What We're Reading and Watching

I am reading The Book of God and loving it! It is a great way to get an overview picture of the Bible as long as you remind yourself that it is a fictional rendering. I love the parts that Wangerin decides to dramatize a bit more. I've always loved Biblical fiction and this is, in my opinion, something in between the normal Biblical fiction and just reading the Bible. There is something about Wangerin's writing that keeps the feel of Scripture.

Right now I'm reading my 8yo and 6yo the first Harry Potter book. We'll probably stop there for now, possibly reading the next one next year. They are enjoying it, though the sensitive 6yo was a bit scared of the ending.

On the advice of some good friends, we've been watching a lot of Phineas and Ferb around here. I have the utmost respect for the creators of a cartoon that can capture both adults and children with equal enthusiasm. I have often discarded the tv as something to be avoided if possible, but I've realized that P and F have brought us closer together as a family! We talk and laugh about certain scenes at dinner. Daddy gets everyone rolling with his Doofenshmirtz impersonations, and I do believe we talk about Candace as much as we talk about any real person! Sometimes our dinner conversations can be adults vs. kids (ever tried to have a serious conversation when the kids are coming up with siren sounds or trying out alliterative phrases at louder and louder increments?) so a common, interesting subject is very welcome!

This is a great read that I'm excited to start. Katie is young, but has much to teach Jesus-followers of every age.

Kisses from Katie reminded me of this book that I read cover to cover in college. I just snagged it off the shelf the other night and read some snippets. These entries are from when Jim and Betty Elliot were in college and just out of it, but the depth and understanding is extraordinary! I love the way their love story is told from his perspective and I learned something valuable about my own husband just by reading a few of his entries. This is a great read!

My oldest's first real Bible had the story of Bethany Hamilton told in it, and since then, the oldest has been fascinated by this girl and her story. For Christmas I got her the movie and the plan is that we will have a Momma and oldest date sometime very soon. We're going to send the others off on play dates and order in food (or make our own together) and watch the movie just the two of us.

I got the last book in the Inheritance Cycle for Christmas, and I'm looking forward to reading all of these books through again. I'm fascinated by the story and by the fact that the author was so young when he started writing them.

I'm looking forward to adding this book to our daily routine. The hubby particularly asked for it when I asked him how we could work daily devotions in with the kids. I think it will be a great motivation to keep up with our readings because it has one for each day of the year.

This is going to be our next read aloud. The oldest got some of this series for Christmas and I'm eager to check them out.
**I'm ending with a blog read because it's my latest online fascination. Ever heard of the Dennings? They have a blog called Discover. Share. Inspire. They are modern nomads--a family of 7 who have no home but spend their days exploring together. They are currently journeying from Alaska to Argentina in a vegetable-powered truck (with a tent on the back). I'm not ready to jump on the bandwagon (hee hee) or anything, but I am very interested in that idea that life is an adventure (see my header). I've enjoyed reading about their adventures.
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  1. Oh, how I love this post! Especially the part about Phineas and Barb. I've never seen that particular show, but my many siblings and I *still* quote movies and shows we used to watch together as kids. And then we all burst into hilarious laughs and I think some invisible bonds are somehow strengthened by stupid movie quotes - even though we're all grown up and living our own lives and don't always see one another often. You are sowing good, good memories my friend. :)

  2. Great reads! I need to keep some of those in mind for my kiddos (though some will have to wait til they're older).

    And I will definitely have to check out your blog recommendation. Sounds really unique!

    Thanks SO much for linking up your awesome posts @ Feature Friday Free-for-All!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower and would be so honored if you'd follow my blogging journey as well (if you don't already! : )).

    ~Abbie (