God is a God of words and pictures. He has revealed Himself to us through words in Scripture and visually in creation, and made us in his image to reflect his beauty both ways. Some folks love words, some are gifted in pictures, a few are talented at both, and others excel through other means [...]
A good poetry anthology is like going to a friend’s house with a basket, and being told, “Oh, you must read this one, and this one, and THIS one is my favorite!” as the bounty overflows. Going to another friend’s house with another basket will introduce you to some of the same treasures, but different ones [...]
We thought we’d kick off our new partnership with Megan and Betsy with a few Easter book recommendations. (If you missed their introduction, read about them here and here.) I will qualify this list by saying just because a book is on our list, that doesn’t mean we love everything about it. In fact, we [...]
My mother-in-law once observed how different life would be if we didn’t have to eat. She might have been having a bad day, because in the context she meant different for the better: no shopping, penny-pinching, scrounging; no cooking (cooking was not her forte), no fighting with the kids over eating their liver—most of all, [...]
These three books have nothing in common except their general category and the fact that the first two won honors in the ALA Youth Media awards for nonfiction this year. The fact that both Titanic and Moonbird won in two age categories–middle-grade readers and young adults–makes me wonder if there’s not that much quality nonfiction [...]
Introduction With the popularity of Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series , kids’ books containing themes and allusions to Greek and Roman mythology and culture are perhaps more plentiful than ever. It may not seem immediately apparent why Christian families would be pleased about this development. Isn’t it just paganism, repackaged for modern kids? But [...]
When did history get so complicated? Not too long ago, “The father of his country” was a monumental figure deserving nothing but praise. Now, depending on who you talk to or read, he’s either the “Indispensable Man” or a wealthy slave-owner (of the 1%, no less) who used his influence to his own advantage. History [...]
I’ve heard that aside from William Shakespeare, more books have been written about Abraham Lincoln than any other historical figure. That makes it difficult to come up with a fresh angle, but Lane Smith has succeeded, and Russell Freedman has at least written a readable history that opens up a few windows for fresh air. [...]
CLICK HERE to enter to win a copy of Mrs. Butterfield’s book! The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. Crown and Covenant, 2012. 154 pgs. An Anomaly In the 1990′s, Rosaria Butterfield was a feminist English professor working on a hit piece aimed at conservative Christians when she reached out to [...]
Into the Spotlight Sixteen-year-old Gabrielle Douglas’s jaw-dropping performance in the women’s all-around gymnastics competition, just edging out her closest Russian competitor to win gold, was certainly one of the most memorable moments in the 2012 Olympics. Perhaps even more noteworthy for Christian fans of the games was her response on her Twitter account, “I give [...]
If you missed it, Part One of this series detailed my trip to a fantastic Nashville bookstore, Logos Bookstore. Today, I follow up that Christian bookstore with a secular bookstore, Parnassus Books. Owned by Ann Patchett, an award-winning author herself, Parnassus opened in 2011 to great fanfare. As an independent bookstore bucking the trend toward [...]
- Sorting Out the Children’s Bible Market April 3, 2013
- Toddling into the Word: First Bible Storybooks and Early-Reader Bibles March 26, 2013
- Tricksters and Fools April 1, 2013
- Inspiring (very) young artists April 24, 2013
- Hail and Farewell: Maurice Sendak April 23, 2013
- Emily: That's funny, Jess! I actually really disliked G...
- Janie: That's the great thing about literature, Jessalyn...
- Jessalyn: We LOVE Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site!!!...
- Jessalyn: I've read this book twice now... Once in high sch...
- Betsy: Nice work, Hayley!...