Audiobooks and Caricatures (Hobbit Read Along Finale, pt. 2)

Today is the release date of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit!  But you probably already know that if you’ve been on our Hobbit journey.  It’s been a wild trip, as you can read in our previous posts: 1) Introduction, 2) Week One, 2) Week Two, 3) Week  Three, 4) Week Four, 5) Week Five, and 6) […]

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Andrew Peterson: A Sudden Joyous Turn (Hobbit Read Along Finale, pt 1)

Other Hobbit Read Along posts: 1) Introduction, 2) Week One, 2) Week Two, 3) Week  Three, 4) Week Four, 5) Week Five, and 6) Finale, pt. 2. Andrew Peterson!!  Let’s be honest, it’s a huge honor for us to host such a talented kids’ book author and singer-songwriter on our blog. If you’re looking for […]

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Extreme Teens: YA Thrillers

“. . . Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality.”  C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters. Back at the turn of the 20th century, boys in knickers devoured dime novels about Deadeye Dick and Frank Merriwell, […]

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Charlotte Mason’s Christmas List: 5 Living Books Library Picks

What is a living book library?  Check out our interview with Emily and Liz Cottrill of Livingbookslibrary.com from November if you haven’t already.  The upshot is, though, these women are aficionados when it comes to books from the classic age of kids’ books.  And if you’re wondering what Charlotte Mason would recommend as some of […]

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Picture Books for Sharing and Giving, Part One

A post for grandmas out there: when we go to the bookstore at this time of year to pick out something with no plastic in it, we’re certain to be bombarded with the latest movie-franchise offering or celebrity vanity-stoker.  Better books are doubtless tucked away behind the splashy displays, but time is limited and who […]

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Other Lives: Reading and Watching Anna Karenina

The latest movie version of Anna Karenina is not for family viewing, because it deals with “adult” themes more graphically than it needs to.  The original novel deals with profoundly adult themes as well, in a profoundly adult way.   It’s on every Great Classics list, which brands it as a novel that well-educated people are […]

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A Very LOGOS & Parnassus Christmas, Part One

One Hip Town. Two Bookstores. And Lots of Great Books for Kids! Here in Nashville, we have at least two exceptional bookstores: Logos Bookstore and Parnassus Books.  I say that partly because they are nestled among other shops, little book nooks among the dry cleaners and donut shops and schools and tall-spired churches that make […]

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A Cold Night in Boston

Two hundred and thirty-nine years ago this month, a band of New England Patriots (not the NFL team) disguised as Indians swarmed aboard three ships in the harbor and dumped a cargo of tea.  It wasn’t the shot heard ’round the world, but the line from Boston Harbor to Lexington is pretty straight.  A good […]

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Hobbit Read Along, Week 5: The One True Myth

Other Hobbit Read Along posts: 1) Introduction, 2) Week One, 2) Week Two, 3) Week  Three, 4) Week Four, 6) Finale, pt 1: Andrew Peterson’s Joyous Turn, and 7) Finale, pt. 2. One Last Giveaway Can you believe it?!  It’s the last week of our read along, and less than two weeks until The Hobbit […]

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Bible Reading Challenge, Week 46

THE CHURCH: Christ the Center We’ve moved now from Acts to the Epistles, and this week we’ll talk about how Paul, Peter and the other New Testament writers used letters to encourage and teach early Christians.  Specifically, we’re talking this week about Christ’s offices of Prophet, Priest, and King.  Perfect timing for one of this […]

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O Come, Emmanuel

Every year advent takes me by surprise–otherwise I would have posted this last week!   Family advent readers come down from the shelves this time of year, and many of them are good for more than one go-round.  As the children grow up, it’s good to look around for new advent books to suit their growing […]

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