Ted Dekker brought me back to Christian fiction. I grew up on Christian fiction, but somewhere in my teens, I stopped reading it and moved on to other things. Fifteen years later, a copy of Black was sitting on my friend’s table. “You should read that,” he said. I was intrigued enough to read it. I devoured Red and White after it. My husband did too. After that, we worked through all of Ted Dekker’s books and branched out into other Christian fiction again. That’s why I really wanted ... Read More about Should Your Children Read The Dream Traveler’s Quest?
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When I was a kid, being sent to my room was the best form of punishment. All my favorite things were there, like my Breyer horses, my boombox with stacks of my favorite cassette tapes, and my shelves of beloved books. I had discovered at an early age what American aphorist Mason Cooley put so nicely: "Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." Within the pages of my books, I raced my horse across the desert sands of Arabia in The Black Stallion, I solved ... Read More about Adventures to Take When You’re Stuck at Home
Anonymouse by Caroline Rose Kraft is a cute story filled with darling pictures of a mouse, a post office box, and a lonely girl. The story is simple and charming enough to be grasped by younger children but filled with lessons your children will always remember. Mr. Parsnip Peppersnatch lives with his wife Coriander in a post office box. One day he notices a lonely girl, Philippa, checking the box, and he becomes intrigued. Realizing that she is sad that she never gets any mail, he sets ... Read More about When Little People Do Big Things (a review of Anonymouse)
Dirty dishes pile in the sink. Diapers need changed. Is this my adventure? Aren’t adventures supposed to involve swords, companions, and mountains to hike? The only mountains I'm crossing are heaps of laundry. This wasn’t what I expected. I wonder if Susan Pevenise felt the same. She leaves Narnia in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with brave words. “Then in the name of Aslan,” said Queen Susan, “if ye will all have it so, let us go on and take the adventure that shall fall ... Read More about Susan Pevensie’s Greatest Legacy and Downfall
“Sherry!” My voice rose in a panic. “The car isn’t here! Mom and Dad took it!” I was standing in the garage, trying with everything my 14-year-old self had not to panic. But I knew that my older sister desperately needed the car. Sherry never even flinched or slowed down. She thundered by me and out the back door. “It’s fine!” I followed. She was going the wrong way. But I wasn’t about to argue with her when she was so clearly on a mission and nothing, not even a missing car, was goi ... Read More about How to Prepare Your Children for an Ambulance Call