For many, the Christmas story stands alone, lifted with huge parentheses out of the New Testament -- maybe delivered in Linus's hushed boy soprano, and then tucked away with the durable resin nativity set and the white twinkly lights until next year. It's a great story, so it's easy to see why authors of every creed… Continue reading Words About THE WORD: Recommended Reads for Christmas
A nursing home can be a pretty grim place on a holiday, but a one-year-old with smiley eyes who is practicing his walking in the hallways is certainly a game changer. The hard journey of my mother's transition to a care facility has never been harder than this first big holiday without her in our… Continue reading Make It Sparkle!
Sure, the angels told the shepherds that Jesus had been born, but when John said, "We beheld His glory," it would seem that there's an implicit invitation to use our imaginations a bit, and Sally Lloyd-Jones has accepted that invitation! Song of the Stars pictures the occasion of Jesus' birth as an evening of breathless anticipation and enthusiastic sharing of… Continue reading It’s Time!
Confession: We take a day off from school every year to decorate for Christmas. When everyone was small, it truly took all day. However, now that everyone is strong and competent, the boxes are out of the attic, and everything is festive in a matter of hours, and it's a good thing because the boys all… Continue reading M is for Manger — A Book Review
Posted with thanks, unabashed hero worship, and apologies to E.B.White (7/11/1899 - 10/1/1985), author of Charlotte's Web and other beloved tales. He wrote "Memorandum," originally published in Harper's Magazine in October of 1941 and then compiled into One Man's Meat in 1942 along with numerous other exquisite essays from White's writing life. I would listen to this man reading the… Continue reading Merry Memorandum
Light Upon Light Compiled by Sarah Arthur: A Book Review The problem with reviewing a book like Light Upon Light is that Sarah Arthur has done such a fine job explaining her purpose in the introduction that anything I say feels superfluous. As a guide to prayer during the season of Advent, she has compiled a rich assortment of… Continue reading Slow Christmas