October 22, 2017

Let Your Soul Be Stirred to Action

I decided to add a "current events" category in my reading challenge for this year, not because it's something I particularly enjoy, but because I think it's helpful and good to be informed of what's going on in the world at large. I'm not a news junkie, political die-hard, or economics geek; but there's other issues in our world that we need to stay aware of and, as Christians, be praying for on a regular basis. Many of these issues are hard to learn about: human trafficking, race riots, poor treatment of veterans, poverty in third-world countries, girls who aren't allowed to attend school, the abuse of women in terrorist organizations, persecution of Christians, bondage of everyday [...Read More]

Reading the Puritans: Where Should You Start?

The Puritans lived over 200 years ago, but their words still speak today. Through careful study of Scripture and much prayer, they left a legacy of writings and sermons that address the mind, confront the conscience, and engage the heart. And those who make the effort to mine their works carefully reap rich rewards! (Not sure what I'm talking about? Learn who the Puritans were and why you should read them.) But the list of Puritan authors is over 2000 names long, and their published works number even higher. So where do you start? Here are some favorite go-to recommendations for getting started: Voices from the Past -- Volume 1 and Volume 2 A collection of single-page devotional [...Read More]

Why Should You Read the Puritans?

It's been over two hundred years since the Puritans passed into eternity (as we looked at here), but they left a rich legacy of sermons and writings that speak to the whole of our being. Their works address the mind, confront the conscience, and engage the heart. Those who make the effort to mine their works carefully reap rich rewards!  Their teachings offer fresh perspective of sin, society, and holiness; frank discussions of biblical truth; and transparent exposition of Scripture. But their works are not dusty tomes best left to academia; they are vital and relevant messages for us today! Our world has changed drastically in the last few hundred years (good grief, it's [...Read More]

Join the Reading Challenge in 2017!

Good books have been some of my best friends, mentors, comforts, and sources of enjoyment throughout my life. But perhaps the greatest thing they have been is my teachers. We can learn so much from any type of book! Fiction can help us better understand other personalities, explore different areas of the world, and learn how to deal with various real-life situations. Nonfiction can teach us about great people and great events, guide us in discovery about the world and ourselves, help us improve in a skill or pursue a hobby, and teach us how to think through various topics or concepts. Reading a variety of genres and topics will not only stretch our minds and mature our thinking, but it [...Read More]

Introducing Erin Salazar, Author of ‘Pix Goes to London’

I'm excited to introduce a real-life friend of mine today! Erin Salazar and I met at college and stayed in touch through social media ever since (fun fact: she was also our wedding photographer!). She's a wife, mother, teacher, artist, and writer who loves to travel, and has a passion for opening children's eyes to the joys of reading and the thrill of discovering the world -- whether it be their back yard or a far-away land across the ocean. Through her books, Erin hopes to help children develop a love of learning and cultivate their innate curiosity about the world around them, so that one day they can make a difference for good. Erin's newest book, Pix Goes to London (note: affiliate [...Read More]

Lit!: A Christian Perspective on Reading

"Imagine that you make the wildly ambitious goal of reading one book per week for the next fifty years. Lofty aspiration! If you remain faithful to the task, you will read about 2,600 books. Not bad for five decades of reading. Now consider how many more books are available for you to read... Currently, the Library of Congress houses eighteen million books. American publishers add another two hundred thousand titles to this stack each year. This means that at the current publishing rate, ten million new books will be added in the next fifty years. Add together the dusty LOC columes with the shiny new and forthcoming books, and you get a bookshelf-warping total of twenty-eight million [...Read More]

Reading: a Christian Perspective

I like books. Like, a lot. In fact, that's a bit of an understatement... Growing up, I'd linger for hours in the library stacks, letting my fingers slide across the spines until a title intrigued me or an old favorite caught my eye. My tastes were simple: mysteries, classics, biographical fiction. I sit and read for hours in school, after my bedtime, anywhere I could sneak a book. When I entered the dating game, I decided to choose my future husband based on how many books he owned. In college, all my favorite spaces revolved around the campus library. Even now, I dream about having a house with a multi-story library -- complete with overstuffed chairs, giant globes, and even ladders [...Read More]