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Easter is Coming | Tama Fortner

I’m used to feeling like an oddball during Lent—fasting privately and aware, perhaps, of a few other friends from church who spend the weeks leading up to Easter forgoing good things and meditating on what […]

Risen Motherhood | Two Truths & a Lie About Motherhood After the Little Years

Yesterday morning, our youngest came out her bedroom looking equal parts thrilled and apprehensive, and announced, “I think I have a loose tooth!” I felt the tooth. It was so. Now, she’s been sporting a […]

The God Contest | Carl Lafteron

This week, our middle two daughters competed in their first spelling bee: a circumscribed affair, thanks to COVID, of course. But leading up to the Bee, our dinner hour turned into Spelling Bee Practice, with […]

The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids | Nancy Guthrie

I don’t typically review parenting books here. The pitfalls are too many, too various: I don’t want you to come away thinking that we must agree on parenting philosophies and strategies if we are to […]

The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp | Jonathan Auxier

It takes a certain sort of magic to write a book that appeals to a whole family: preschooler to middle-schooler, adults as well. But The Fabled Stables, Jonathan Auxier’s newest book, has that magic. Auggie […]

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane | Kate DiCamillo

I recently realized I’d been skimping on read-alouds by choosing books my eldest daughter had already read, or by rereading old favorites. There’s a place for that—of course there is. But I’d leaned on old […]

Sammy and His Shepherd | Susan Hunt

The Lord is our shepherd—but wait exactly does that mean to a child who lives miles from the nearest sheep? In Sammy and His Shepherd, Susan Hunt walks families through the twenty-third psalm one verse […]

Meals with Jesus | Ed Drew

About this time every year, I start looking for family Lent devotionals. And every year I think, Wow, I wish there were more of those. I can find all manner of Advent devotionals, written for […]

Words With Wings | Nikki Grimes

Words With Wings is the story of Gabby, a girl who no longer seems to fit. She used to fit with her father, but after her parents’ divorce, he doesn’t live with her anymore. She […]

The Best Books I Read in 2020

Ah, 2020. I suspect that if we included my online reading in this year’s discussion of what I read and how I liked it, we’d find that I spent far more time reading the news […]