A few "CAN'T MISS" things. That's all.
A really inspiring book by a really inspiring girl, Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson is the kind of book that you crack open and don't stop reading until you've read the last word. She and her husband were the sole survivors of a plane crash that left them both scarred, physically and spiritually and emotionally. It is a coming-to-grips story and the story of renewed life and the struggles/pain that an entire family must overcome. I bawled my eyes out when I re-lived, through her words, the knife in the heart stab of her chidlrens' rejections of her. Oh.My.Word. One hugely profound thing I got from this book is how Stephanie's siblings gathered around her and offered themselves in beautiful and not-quite-beautiful ways. The love that her brothers and sisters showed for her in her time of need is what I pray my own children will show theirs. A tearjerker of both happy and sad tears. Loved it.
Being television-less, we tend to get our news a day or two later than most. Yes. We hear the news. (I don't want any hate mail. Kay?) We have plenty of opportunities to get the news from the radio and the internet and we stay fully informed about what is going on. Don't worry, we don't have our heads in the sand. On the contrary- sometimes I think we know TOO much.
Last week I finally got around to hearing the Presidential Breakfast speech given by Dr. Ben Carson. I wouldn't have bothered tuning into a Presidential breakfast speech ordinarily even if we DID have a TV, until that is, I heard who was the speaker.
What a speech. It was great.
If you, like us, don't have a TV~ or even just missed watching it- you really should. Anyone who starts out a national speech with four scripture references is worthy of a listen.
America the Beautiful, the book Dr. Carson references in his speech (Dr. Carson co-wrote it with his wife) is the next book I am going to read. Very excited.
In case you have no idea who Ben Carson is, here is a great movie based on his remarkable life. When we watched it last year, we LOVED it. Watch it sometime- a great movie for a family movie night!
Ever heard of George Grant? An incredible man. Our pastor introduced him (and by 'him', I mean his lecture series) to us a few years ago and I have since become quite a groupie. I've been listening to his astounding lecture series (which I fully intend to use as our high-school history curriculum) in order to re-learn the history that I never retained in my own schooling...or, as it turns out- learned WRONGLY. Coming from a sound Christian worldview and revealing things that aren't in most history books, THIS is history worth learning. (They are super-pricey at this point but well worth it. You can also hold out- they are preparing a more cost-effective downloadable/streaming option soon!)
He has written over 60 books and now you know why my TO-READ list is now growing exponentially. Those, unlike the lectures, are FREE to read thanks to interlibrary loan! ;-)
Speaking of George Grant, his blog The Quick and the Dead is a powerful and profound blog exposing Planned Parenthood for what it really is. It is hard to read, it is hard to think about...but the more the message gets out, perhaps the number "3,300 children murdered each day" will begin to lessen? Please, Lord?
And on a much more jovial note~
Those of you familiar with Lamplighter Theatre- there is a SUPER sale going on right now that you don't want to miss! SEVEN Dramatic Audios for $7.00. They usually go for almost $200.00 a piece! (I got both sets 1 and 2!) You don't want to miss it- and it ends tomorrow at 11:59 EST. So HURRY!