Final Friday Family Faves: May 2016

With summer charging in full steam ahead, several of our family favorites are best enjoyed with good weather!

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Hunter (Daddy) adores running outside in a warm summer breeze. He’s long been a fan of Daniel’s Running Formula by Jack Daniels and is rereading it in anticipation of much time exercising outdoors. Just the fact he has read this book multiple times should speak volumes!

Leslie (Mommy) was inspired by missionary Kent Brantley’s autobiography Called for Life. Kent Brantley, M.D. served at the famous ELWA Hospital during the recent West African Ebola crisis. In his gripping autobiography, he recounts his personal battle with the deadly virus.

Archie (8.5) chose a rather lightweight title this month in the novel Galaxy Zack and the Science Fair Disaster by Ray O’Ryan. While not particularly intellectually stimulating, this hilarious series keeps young boys rolling in laughter as they travel with everyday hero Zack through the realms of outer space.

Grace (6.5) is hanging on every word of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, bringing me back to my childhood days when I listened in rapt attention while my mother read the same tale aloud. Grace is not the only one hanging on every word. The mysterious adventures of orphaned aristocrat Mary Lennox has equally drawn in my son.

Beep! Beep! Vroom! Vroom! Grant (25 months) is hard to separate from his copy of Rookie Toddler Counting Cars and Trucks. Featuring fun pictures of vehicles, Grant first discovered this book at our local public library, and we have since added it to his personal collection.

What about you? Please share about your family’s favorite books in the comments.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Rainy Day Reading

The month of May is drawing to a close, but April showers still have not left us. Pouring rain may have driven us off the baseball field this afternoon, but they have given me the delightful surprise of extra reading time. If rain is keeping you in today, savor the moments with a good book. Grab your reading suggestions from our linkup!

Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup where we link up posts about reading, writing, blogging, and even share our written Bible devotions.

First let’s

 

Meet Your Hosts (3)

 

Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Thoughts and Art from my Heart
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram/Google Plus
 


Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

10 Books That Inspired One Author

By Marissa from the blog, Reading List: Thoughts on Books, Life, Motherhood…

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In the post, Marissa shares a guest post written by Chad Gramling author of the book, Listen Up, Kids.
Mr. Gramling shares how these titles impacted him. I learned about some new titles that I am going to have to add to my “To Be Read” list. Be sure to check out this post. Thanks Marissa for introduces us to to this author too.

My Favorite Post of the Week:

 To My Future Husband

By Ashlee Perry of The Maze

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Other than their decisions to become Christians, I can think of no other decision my children will ever make more important than that regarding their future spouses. As such, I regularly pray about this topic. Although my children are still elementary school aged, I pray with them about it, too, so they will understand now the importance of this far off decision. Ashlee offers a beautiful prayer in her letter to her future husband. Check it out!

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites.

Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often. :)Literacy-Musing-Mondays- where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or writing with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

[tweetthis]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ![/tweetthis]

Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!


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Let Your Imagination Soar: I Dreamed I Was a Bird!

Author Christopher P. Stanley whisks readers young and old alike to a simple yet wondrous world of imagination with his whimsical picture book titled I Dreamed I Was a Bird. Who does not want to soar over the world in this gentle adventure?dreamed bird

What I Liked:

  1. The book has an innocently simple feeling that transported me back to picture books from my own childhood that were less flashy than many modern ones yet equally wonderful.
  2. Stanley never names his young protagonist, which makes it easy for readers to insert themselves into the story.
  3. The illustrations feature scenes from around the world, subtly offering parents the opportunity to teach about world geography and cultures.
  4. Since many children first learn to paint with watercolors, the watercolor illustrations help children envision their own art as masterpieces.
  5. This is an excellent book for older children to share with younger siblings or for a parent to read to a young child. Illustrations also serve as a good spring point for discussion.
  6. The text has a pleasing, musical rhyme.

What I disliked

  1. Because of the simple nature of the story, unique plot elements are scarce.
  2. Unless an older child is sharing this book with a younger child, the story is too simple for children over the age of five or so, limiting its age range.

Overall rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

My six-year-old daughter reviewed this book with me. Here is her take:
IMG_7668“I liked the book I Dreamed I Was a Bird by Christopher P. Stanley. The words were like a song. It was easy for little kids to read, and I would like to share it with my little brother Grant. It made me wish I was a parrot. The book was great but not the best ever.”

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Oil Pastel by Archie (8)

 

 

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Literacy Musing Mondays: What’s On Your Bookshelf?


What’s on your reading list this week? I am busy finishing up both the nautical classic Carry On, Mr. Bowditch and the YWAM Christian Heroes series biography Nate Saint: On a Wing and a Prayer. Tonight I am hoping to delve into a much-anticipated nonfiction book called Reaching Millennials: Proven Methods for Engaging a Younger Generation.

Please link up posts about what’s on your bookshelf, reading, writing, blogging devotionals, and inspiration to help homeschool parents finish the school year triumphantly.

Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup. First let’s

 

Meet Your Hosts (3)

 

Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Thoughts and Art from my Heart
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Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
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Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

WHAT ELISABETH ELLIOT TAUGHT ME ABOUT MOTHERHOOD

BY

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In her post, Joy shares the mothering insights that she gleaned from reading Elisabeth Elliot The Shaping of a Christian Family. Her post encouraged me to check out this book. I loved the simple lessons that she shares. The most thought provoking lesson she shares is: “The process of shaping the child shapes the mother.”

“The process of shaping the child…shapes also the mother herself. Reverence for her sacred burden calls her to all that is pure and good, that she may teach primarily by her own humble, daily example.”

I loved the other quotes she shares as well. I hope you will check out this inspiring post.

Leslie’s Favorite Post of the Week:

30 Life Lessons Every Girl Should Know at Age 30

By Ifeoma Samuel at Purposeful and Meaningful

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Ifeoma linked us to her blog, but this post is actually a guest post for Club 31 Women. Ifeoma’s post is devotional in nature, and she points us to God consistently. No matter a woman’s age, these lessons are essential. Most of them are equally applicable to men, too!

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites.

Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow our Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often. :)Literacy-Musing-Mondays- where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or written with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

[tweetthis]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ![/tweetthis]

Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!

This post contains affiliate links to books I love. If you purchase through the links, I will earn a small commission. Thank you.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Life-Changing Devotional

Happy Mother’s Day! How many moms out there would love to celebrate Mother’s Day with a few uninterrupted minutes and a good book?

Guest posting today, Susan Chamberlain Shipe writes about the influence of one of her favorite books. Susan shares quotes from the life-changing classic My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Enjoy!

 

A Look at a Life Changing Book:

My Utmost for His Highest

by Oswald Chambers

By Susan Chamberlain Shipe

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

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In 1937, Chaplain to the United States Senate, Richard C. Halverson, was given a copy of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers; a new believer, Mr. Halverson began reading My Utmost for His Highest every single day.

“No book except the Bible has influenced my walk with Christ at such deep and maturing levels. Nor has any influenced my preaching and teaching so much.

“The book’s strength lies in its stubborn insistence on the objective reality of redemption as the only secure foundation. Today, subjective experience is often accepted as the criterion for authentic faith. In Chambers, I am constantly being reminded that the ground of faith and experience is the person of Jesus Christ.

“Chambers makes the point that Christian faith is rooted in events. The historicity of the gospel is its validation. Propositional truth is important, but the basis of faith is always Jesus Christ Himself.

“Through the years Chambers has kept me on course by bringing me back to Jesus. Believing Jesus, not just believing my beliefs about Jesus, is basic.” Richard C. Halverson, Chaplain U.S. Senate

In 1992, wife of one, mother of three, Susan Chamberlain Shipe rededicated her life to her Lord and Savior, and was given a copy of My Utmost for His Highest.

Every day for more than 20 years, I read this devotional, and I am here to say – there is not another devotional available that will take a disciple of Jesus Christ deeper into the truths of God’s Word.

Today, I want to share some of my favorite Oswald Chambers’ quotes.

“When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it in, but wait.”

“Whenever there is doubt — don’t.”

“We receive His blessings and know His Word, but do we know HIM?”

“God never gives us anything accidental. There is nothing easier than getting in a right relationship with God except when it is not God Whom you want but only what He gives.”

So many good things to read are available to us, but I encourage you to give Oswald Chambers classic book a chance! I truly believe you won’t ever be the same!

xo

Susan Chamberlain Shipe

Susan Chamberlain Shipe has been a writer since the age of eight when she and her neighborhood friend wrote, edited, published, and distributed The Manor News. Things have changed since publishing with the five and dime stamp lettering set! Today, Susan enjoys blogging, writing short devotions, and short stories from her empty-nest home in the Appalachian Mountain Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern North Carolina, which she shares with her husband of thirty years, Lowell, and their beloved dog, Sam. Susan can be found musing several times a week on her blog: hopehearthome.com. You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup. First let’s

 

Meet Your Hosts (3)

 

Leslie@Forever Joyful
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Gayl@Thoughts and Art from my Heart
Blog/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/Twitter
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/ Instagram/Google+
Tami @ThisMomsDelight
Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram/Google Plus
 


Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

The Coffee Mug Christian

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Easy Christianity is buying a Christian coffee mug. But it’s not true Christianity. Hop on over and find out why!

My Favorite Post of the Week:

Christian Heroes – C.S. Lewis

(YWAM Publishing Review)

By Kelly at Raising Samuels

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Janet and Geoff Benge’s Christian Heroes series is one of my newest favorites! I have so enjoyed reading these inspiring stories of Christianity lived out with my children! I appreciated the other YWAM resources Kelly introduced through this review. Check it out!

Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow our Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often. :)Literacy-Musing-Mondays- where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or written with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. I know as a blogger, you know how it feels not receive comments, right. 🙂 Plus, you could be honored as our Top Commentor if you submit your report to Mary! Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

[tweetthis]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ![/tweetthis]

Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

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Final Friday Family Faves: April 2016

April could be termed Wacky Weather Month. The second weekend brought us enough snow to fly down glistening hills. This week has brought enough sunshine to discover tadpoles and splash like fish in the creek. And about the April showers that bring May flowers? Those have been as scarce as the steel penny. Thankfully, the April constant we have enjoyed is great reading selections throughout the month.

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Hunter (Daddy) is busy comparing The Aeneid by Virgil to Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad both of which he devoured over the past year. Although he realizes Virgil’s central role in establishing Western literature, Hunter greatly prefers Homer. Nevertheless, The Aeneid has helped him understand more history and culture, so it’s his April winner!

Leslie (Mommy) has enjoyed The Reason for God by Timothy Keller. Keller addresses many intellectual questions about Christianity from his pastor’s heart. One part stuck with me like peanut butter sticks to jelly. Keller addressed the common complaint that so-called fundamentalist Christians, who also happen to be judgmental, need to be “less Christian.” The problem, Keller asserts, is not that they need less of Christ but more of Him. If these Christians would dwell on Christ’s mercy, love, and grace, any hypocritical attitudes would soon dissipate.

Archie (8.5) was surprised by how he hung on every word of the 1943 Robert McCloskey classic, Homer Price. Author James Daugherty hits the nail on the head about why Homer Price is a winner, “It is America laughing at itself with a broad and genial humanity, without bitterness or sourness or sophistication.”

Grace (6.5) has discovered the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis. While she’s loved them all, her absolute favorite for April is I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912. These adventures place a fictional boy into a real historical disaster and chronicle his survival. They have long been winners with Archie, and I am pleased Grace is enjoying them now, too. (Truth be told, I have been known to devour several in one sitting!)

Grant (newly 2) is completed enamored with DK Baby Touch and Feel Trucks. The colorful pictures have augmented his still limited vocabulary with “Beep, beep” and “Toot, toot” and, of course, his own version of the word truck.

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What about you? What were your favorite books this month!

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Welcoming Gayl


Welcome to the first edition of Literacy Musing Mondays this May! This week we are formally welcoming new host Gayl Wright. She writes at Thoughts and Art from My Heart and is currently blogging through the alphabet by highlighting some pretty unique animals. (I had never heard of a zorilla until I read Gayl’s post! Have you?) If you are looking for some fun material for animal study, check out Gayl’s blog.

 

Meet Your Hosts (3)

 

Leslie@Forever Joyful
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Gayl@Thoughts and Art from my Heart
Blog/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/Twitter
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
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Tami @ThisMomsDelight
Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram/Google Plus
 


Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Meditations on The Name

By Michele Morin at Living Our Days

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Michele reviews another inspirational book. This book examines the names used to describe characteristics of God. You will want to add this devotional to your book shelves.

Leslie’s Favorite Post of the Week:

Is Google Improving or Interfering with How Children Learn

By Jennifer Landis at Tuned in Parents


Tuned-in-Parents-young-students-using-classroom-computersJennifer brings balance to the discussion on Google verses pen, paper, and book education. As an added bonus, she shares practical teaching tips on how to make the most of Google-learning opportunities!

 

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites.

Want to be the next to be featured! Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!

Follow our Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup on Pinterest.
 


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often. :)Literacy-Musing-Mondays- where we celebrate reading!

Linkup Rules:

  1. Include a link back or the blog hop button linked to this hop on your posts.
  2. Link up the urls to your posts not to your blog.
  3. Please remember this is a family-friendly linkup. Although we believe in the right for adults to read whatever they want to read, we prefer to read wholesome posts that feature literature that edify and uplift families. We reserve the right to delete any posts that are not family friendly. We love all kinds of literature and genres including family-friendly inspirational romances, fantasy, or science fiction. We do not welcome posts featuring books or written with excessive violence, sexual content, or cursing. These posts will be deleted.
  4. We also want to be loving community by supporting one another. Please make a point to do this this week! Visit the two posts before yours and at least one other blogger’s post of your choice! I want to see lots of clicks on everyone’s posts. I know as a blogger, you know how it feels not receive comments, right. 🙂 Plus, you could be honored as our Top Commentor if you submit your report to Mary! Remember it is also nice to follow them on their social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Follow your hosts and co-hosts on their social media.
  6. Tweet about the link up too.

[tweetthis]Come join the fun! Link up your family-friendly, book- or literacy-related posts at #LMMLinkup ![/tweetthis]

Let’s Celebrate Reading and Learning together this week at Literacy Musing Mondays!


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Two Truths for Age Two

My baby turned two. Seems like only yesterday that the doctor placed that little 10 lb 4 oz bundle of joy into my arms while my husband announced exuberantly, “It’s a boy!” In the last 24 months, our family has relished the blessing of watching our precious child develop some pretty amazing gross motor skills (his strength), gain some basic independence in daily tasks like feeding, and share his love with us by blowing kisses and parroting back “I wuv” – his version of I love you.

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While hearing his “I wuv” or “Mommy” warms my heart, what he can say or do takes the backseat to the two truths I most want him to grasp. Skills may vary widely from child to child. Everyday lessons may differ based on environmental and other factors.

But two truths we are teaching our toddler are essential for the development of all children. Children may grasp them at different levels, but they need to understand them according to their own capacities however basic they may be.

  1. You are loved. Psalm 103:7 says, “But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children.” Even before birth, our children were precious in God’s sight (Psalm 139:13-16). To help our children properly form their identities, we must help them grasp this truth.
  2. You are a valued part of our family. Our children are God’s gifts to us. According to Psalm 127:3, “Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.” Our little ones were placed into our specific families for a reason. As such, they are loved and valued unconditionally.

That’s it. Whatever other skills and lessons my little two-year-old learns this year are icing on the cake. For now I simply want him to take away these two key points. You are loved and You are a valued part of our family.

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Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup: Magic of Books

Magical! When I hear this word, I am instantly transported back to the Disney animated films I enjoyed during childhood.  This week at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup, Gayl Wright expands my views. Gayl finds books magical because of how they inspire her to create and imagine. Read and enjoy!

 

The Magic of Books

By Gayl Wright

Books have always been a part of my life from my earliest remembrances. I know my mom read to me a lot and taught me how to read before I ever went to school. My dad was an avid reader bringing home armloads of books every week from the local library. He usually took me with him and I remember eagerly looking forward to those weekly visits.

My dad always took a long time finding books, so I would spend time perusing the shelves and then read while I waited for him. I think I read all the biographies in the kid’s section and many of the fiction offerings. That was how I found Beverly Cleary’s books, and I remember reading about the antics of Henry Huggins and his dog, Ribsy.

Reading opened up a whole new world for me.

Through my books I could travel far beyond the little suburban neighborhood I called home. I passed the joy of reading on to my children as we had reading time every afternoon. While I read aloud they would draw or color, sometimes trying to illustrate the story. As they got older we incorporated tea time into our afternoon reading.

We devoured books and lived vicariously through the characters.

One day on the Alps with Heidi, another day in Holland with Hans Brinker, or seeing through the eyes of Jo from Little Women. We traveled with Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons characters, experienced the open prairie with Laura Ingalls Wilder, traipsed through Narnia with the Pevensie children, went on adventures with The Hobbit, and learned about life on Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables.

Reading teaches us about relationships between different people.

In our reading we have good and bad examples that show us a lot about human nature and how to relate to each other. Some books that helped me in living out my Christianity in a natural way were those by the Scottish author George MacDonald. His stories are full of adventure but also truth. His characters were true to who they were and came alive in my mind as I was drawn into each story.

As an adult I still enjoy biographies and autobiographies.

One book that is full of almost every emotion you can imagine is The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Trapp. Even though they faced many hard things, Maria still managed to find comical ways to describe some of them. While reading aloud to my daughters there were times we were all laughing so hard it brought tears and I could hardly keep reading.

Other types of non-fiction books are also my friends.

Charlotte Mason and Ruth Beechick helped me stay focused when I started homeschooling. Edith Schaeffer gave insightful advice in the areas of prayer and hospitality. Books by G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Os Guinness have been invaluable as they contain much food for thought.

The most important book I have read and continue to read daily is my Bible.

In it are true stories of faith, adventure, obedience and disobedience, miracles, and direction for all of life. This book tells me of God’s love and forgiveness and hope. It teaches how he gives grace and strength and comfort. It shows me how to trust and remember that God is always with me no matter where I go.

What about you? What books have made an impression on you?


Gayl Wright author of Magic of Books

Gayl Wright makes her home in lovely Sunset, SC. Married for 41 years, mother of 7, grandmother of 13, she enjoys blogging, writing poetry, reading, creating art, interacting with people and spending time outside enjoying nature. She is learning to embrace life fully, observing details, finding beauty in unexpected places. Her goal in life is to demonstrate the existence of and to glorify God in whatever she does and to encourage others in the process.

You can connect with her on her blog, Thoughts and Art from my Heart, also on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
We would also like to welcome Gayl as new permanent host for Literacy Musing Mondays!

Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup. First let’s

Meet Your Hosts (2)

Leslie@Forever Joyful
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Google+
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/ Instagram/Google+
Tami @ThisMomsDelight
Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram/Google Plus
 


Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!

Geogie discusses how she started her career trying to write for the movie screen. When she did not achieve success in the field, she did not let go of her dream to write. She just tweaked it and switched genres. Her story is very inspirational.

Leslie’s Favorite Post of the Week:

Just Sayin’: A Book Review by Holden (Secret Garden)

By Holden on While I’m Waiting

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I love how Holly is getting her daughter involved in the book review process at such a young age. As an added bonus, The Secret Garden fits our magical book theme perfectly this week and is one of my favorite childhood books.

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The Midwife’s Dilemma: Book Review & GIVEAWAY!

Delia Parr is one author who saved the best for last with her gripping conclusion to the At Home In Trinity series. As rare as a late-spring snow is a concluding book in a series that matches or exceeds the preceding, but this was the case with The Midwife’s Dilemma.

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A Season of Change Brings Uncertainty

But Also the Promise of Even Better Things to Come

Midwife Martha Cade has made up her mind. When Mayor Thomas Dillon returns in February, she is finally going to marry him. Unfortunately, that’s the only decision in life in which she feels confident these days. Everything else around her feels like it’s changing too fast–from her daughter’s obvious affection for the town’s young doctor to Martha’s growing realization she’ll soon need to pass on her role as midwife to someone younger. Even her beloved town of Trinity seems to be changing daily.

It is a season that will set the course for the rest of her life. Martha will need every ounce of confidence, courage, and faith she possesses to overcome the obstacles that will no doubt arise to make the changes in her life far more challenging and difficult than she can dare to imagine.

What I liked:

  1. The ending was everything I had hoped for! My expectations were fulfilled with enough surprises along the way to keep me on the edge of my seat.
  2. The characterization was strong. Martha’s plight tugged at my heartstrings because I cared deeply about her inner feelings and her relationship with her children and suitor.
  3. Compared to the second book in this trilogy, the plot content was lighter and made for more relaxed reading.
  4. Delia Parr is a master wordsmith who powerfully evokes emotion through her descriptive word imagery.

What I disliked:

  1. Martha’s sweet tooth is a bit over-the-top. The constant references grated a bit as her affinity for sugar did not serve to further the plot
  2. Although I love horses, the side plot involving Martha’s new mare was not overly compelling. It served a purpose but needed more development.

Overall Star Rating: 4.5

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**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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