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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Hope for marriage when there’s so much divorce

Is it folly to hope for marriage when divorce is happening all around you? That’s the gist of the question I answered this week on Boundless. A young woman wrote, Over the past two years I have noticed more and more people separating and getting divorced after 15, 20, even after 30 years of marriage. […]

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Good News, Your Kids are Average

“Everybody thinks their kids are above average. But it can’t possibly be that way because it defies the category of average.” So says Randy Stinson, professor, author, and father of eight. It’s a needed corrective in our day of hyper-parenting, but no reason to set low expectations for your offspring. I didn’t always feel that […]

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How to Find a Mentor, or Two

“We All Need a Few Good Mentors” read a headline in today’s opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal. It’s a sentiment I share, based on my own experience of having been poured into by older, wiser women, professors, and married couples over the past 27 years. In the article, Fay Vincent, formerly CEO of Columbia […]

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How can I break up with an unbelieving boyfriend without turning him off to the faith?

Last week I received an email from a woman wondering about the best way to break up with her unbelieving boyfriend. She wrote, I have decided to break up with my non-Christian boyfriend. Should I tell him that my main reason for doing so is his lack of faith and thereby risk turning him off to […]

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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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How can I tactfully let people know my desire for marriage?

When I was single, I was embarrassed to admit my desire for marriage because it felt like an admission of defeat. Thankfully God sent an older, wiser woman to help me see the benefits of enlisting help and letting people know that I hoped to marry one day. What does it look like to express […]

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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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