Saturday, August 9, 2014

BOOKS!: Summer Reading Series


Who doesn't love an old classic? I read to the older kiddos before they have a little afternoon "rest time" (in quotes because there is really no resting going on--this is just a fancy way to say that they play quietly in their room for a while). When the oldest requested that we read this one I realized that I have never read it! And to shame me more, she says (and she's 7, mind you), "I've read it twice and I love it!"

This is a heavy book about how we learn, or as the subtitle says, "Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation." The author makes the case that we are what we love, and this is something I have believed for a long time: our passions must be stirred before we can learn anything. He also talks about learning through liturgy. It's interesting. If you're in to education at all, you'll enjoy this one. Sneaky inside tip: If you "click to look inside" the book, you can read it right on Amazon. It's one I think I'll want to own, though.

When a friend's mom was getting rid of some old books and let me look them over, I was pleased to find old Mrs. Pepperpot among the freebies. I immediately brought her home and shared her with the kiddos. They were enamored, and we will continue to look for her in used book piles.

I am writing the curriculum for our church's VBS this summer. It's going to be quite a show--one of those where everyone is in costume and the church courtyard looks like a Marketplace from Jesus's time. We are going to be studying the four spring Jewish feasts: Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, The Feast of Firstfruits, and The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost). It is truly amazing how these feasts were fulfilled by Jesus on the exact day of each feast. This author outlines this beautiful planning by God in a very clear and understandable way. I am so in awe of our God!

For mothers and daughters everywhere, this book and its sequel, Her Mother's Hope, are must reads. I have long thought that one of the best ways to learn is through fiction (it pulls at your heart more!) and these books are a great way to learn about relationships. When written by such a gifted author, the struggles and pains of five generations of women are certainly inspiring!


This book is just a fun read. It had me guessing just a wee bit more than Christian fiction usually does. The protagonist can't prove, even to herself, that she didn't commit the murders. And since I read part of this in a court house, it was all the more real and eerie!

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