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What is a Christian Christmas?

QUESTION I’ve been a believer in Christ most of my life, and I know that “Jesus is the reason for the [Christmas] season,” but every year I feel like that head knowledge has a hard time getting to my heart. I’m so distracted and busy in December. I love to buy gifts for people, and […]

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What we read this summer, or what you might want to read this fall

Free time for reading is a big part of what makes summer special in our family. This year we tried something new, setting a goal that we all work together to achieve. Inspired by a feature on books that ran in the Wall Street Journal, we tacked the photo illustration on the side of our fridge and […]

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On Farmer Boy and Becoming a Man

This week as our eight-year-old son was reading chapter 25 of Farmer Boy to me at the kitchen table, I was feeling a bit behind schedule. We had been doing this together on and off since last fall, and I was eager for him to finish so we could start another read-aloud. But today, when I noticed how close to the end of the book we are — […]

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See the Bible’s Big Story

It is no small feat to condense and summarize a 1,042 page book into just over 100 pages of artfully illustrated pages a child will want to sit on your lap and listen to you read aloud. Even more daunting is winsomely capturing the big theme that runs through those 66 diverse and complex books […]

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Mei Fuh, a Treasure

In my recent search for living geography books I came across Little Pear, a short chapter book with whimsical illustrations about a boy growing up in a small Chinese village. Unlike dry textbooks, which are often written by a committee, living books are typically written by a single author who is passionate and knowledgable about […]

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Sea dragons, a desperate quest, and a final battle carry Warden and the Wolf King to the end of the Wingfeather Saga

by Harrison and Zoe Watters Today the Warden and the Wolf King was released broadly. In Wolf King Andrew Peterson weaves a treacherous journey toward a glorious resolution of the Wingfeather Saga. The collection of books is a saga, of course, because it’s the fourth in the series and “The Wingfeather Quadlogy” doesn’t roll off the tongue so well. […]

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Help for the Risks We’re Called to Take

by Harrison Watters It’s easy for me to admire people like Ernest Shackleton, John F. Kennedy, and Harriet Beecher Stowe for the way they overcame the odds and survived a near-death trip to the south pole (Shackleton), swam two miles towing a wounded soldier away from a sinking ship (Kennedy), and challenged the status-quo on […]

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How to Find Good Books, Part 2

“Is that a good book?” I asked my friend, picking up the hardback her son had set on our couch. “I don’t know,” she said, “I hope so. He reads so fast I have a hard time keeping up with him.” She said she tries to stay a step ahead, scanning his library selections ahead of […]

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How to Teach Your Child to Read

My child was reading at four! My child was reading at three! Oh yeah? Well my child was reading at two-and-a-half! I’ve got you all beat! My child could read before he was born! Sound familiar? It may not be words you’ve actually heard or spoken, but if you’re like me, you’ve probably had moments […]

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How to Find Good Books, Part 1

One of our favorite things about summer’s longer, less-structured days is all the time we can spend reading. To make the most of the time, I’m “calling ahead” by pre-ordering a bunch of books from our local library using the handy online order form, something that’s available in most public library systems. Today my focus […]

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