Divergent: Coffee and Conversation

A few weeks ago, Veronica Roth’s book Divergent hit the big screen.  In God’s providence, that morning I also happened to be in the same town as Hayley, our intrepid intern-turned-exec-assistant, who is now a student at Boyce College.  So, we slid up to the table in a local coffee house, got a couple of […]

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Family Devotional Time

Even though I have some reservations about personal devotional books, expressed here, family devotions are another story, and while some formats are “less optimal” than others, time set aside as a family to talk about God’s word and its application to everyday life is time well spent. The quantity doesn’t matter as much as the […]

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Back to the Bibles

Last year we ran an extensive series of posts on the lucrative market of “specialty” Bibles, particularly for teens and children. That market just keeps on pumping, so it seems like a good idea to make this an annual feature. Today we’ll talk about new or new-ish Bibles for various age groups and demographics; tomorrow, […]

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Shakespeare: life, theater and historical context

Here are some resources that weave together the life of the bard with the world he lived in, how the plays were produced, and what became of his second-best bed after he died. All of these resources cover pretty much the same material, the primary difference being the age of the intended audience. I have […]

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Shakespeare Goes to the Movies

Continuing our celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday–Check out our Shakespeare posts on the home page and come back tomorrow for a list of book recommendations! If you have a chance to catch a Shakespeare play performed on a real stage with live actors, DO IT! That’s what he wrote the plays for: performance. Unfortunately professional […]

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Easter Week

We’re still celebrating Shakespeare but will take some time out during the week to celebrate an event and a Person far greater.  Later on this week I’ll be posting about new youth Bibles and Devotionals, but for now, if you’re looking for some good books to celebrate the Easter season, we have ideas!  Here are […]

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The Shakespeare Stealer–and an Interview with Author Gary Blackwood

The Shakespeare Stealer (1998), Shakespeare’s Scribe (2000), and Shakespeare’s Spy (2003), by Gary Blackwood.  Penguin Group; Puffin Books.  Age/interest level: 12-16. True story: in 1998 I was shopping around a manuscript about a 14-year-old boy in 16th-century London who through a series of happy misfortunes becomes an actor in William Shakespeare’s theater company.  Before starting […]

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Teaching Shakespeare: Quick Tips and a Download

Here are the quick tips: Don’t be afraid. Learn the stories first. Read or watch exciting scenes from a play rather than tackling an entire play cold. Find good community or college performances or watch a good movie version (watch for our movie list next week). Read the plays out loud, together. Don’t be afraid. […]

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Calling All Poets: It’s a Shakespearean Sonnet Contest!

Most people think of Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, or another of Shakespeare’s plays when they hear the name of William Shakespeare. But our favorite bard was a well established poet as well. His form of choice: the sonnet. (Incidentally, this was the form of choice for most Renaissance poets.) Since April is National Poetry Month, it is doubly […]

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Book Bits: Shakespeare Online

The words “Shakespeare Online” is almost an embarrassment of riches—so many links it’s hard to sort through them all, and I didn’t.  Today we have a representation of some good places to go for information, interest, and even fun, but it might be just a starting point. The Folger Library, opened in 1932, includes the […]

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Step Right in to Will’s One-Stop: a Puzzler and a Contest

So, how well to you know your Shakespeare?  There are 21 references in this picture, each connected to a Shakespeare play.  Some of them are obvious, but what’s the specific reference?  For example, you’ll notice the Rude Mechanicalz have a new CD called “Midsummer Night’s Dreamin’,”—obviously a connection to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but who […]

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