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In my Monday post, I wrote about the definitions of literal and literally as they relate to communicating in conversation. Even as I wrote that post, I considered how figurative and metaphorical literature can be and how my own writing reflects my comparing and contrasting of life to objects and […]

Books of the Month: August 2013

It’s a Wonderful Imperfect Life by Joan C. Webb: I have enjoyed several months of daily insight from this devotional. I recommend it to other recovering perfectionists! 4 stars The Scarlett Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy: This romantic classic is a favorite of my literary friends, and now I am adding it […]

Books of the Month: July 2013

Books by Ralph Fletcher: As I am preparing for another year of home school, I have been reading many of Ralph Fletcher’s books of poetry for children. Have You Been to the Beach Lately? , Moving Day , Relatively Speaking are excellent examples of his storytelling through theme and poetry. I […]

Books of the Month: April 2013

Interrogations at Noon by Dana Gioia: I heard about Dana Gioia through Mars Hill Network. His poetry books exude tenacious attention to word choice, rhyme, rhythm, and themes. While not overt, there exists an undercurrent of spiritual depth that draws the reader into the author’s experience and toward self-reflection. I am currently […]

Books of the Month: March 2013

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton: This book was recommended by our home school curriculum as an alternative to reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. While I chose to assign Heart of Darkness in addition to this selection, I am glad my son read the two side-by-side. While both books […]

One Good Thing Every Day: March 15, 2013

“A fond mother…in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow anything.” from Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility “A correct view on godly discipline is not raising perfect children; rather in loving them […]

One Good Thing Every Day: March 4, 2013

“What we practice –what we truly believe–is indicative of what’s in our hearts. Deceiving ourselves is the same thing as thinking we know better than God. Our relationship with Him cannot thrive if we fail to let him inside our hearts and purify them.” A Jane Austen Devotional “What you […]

Books of the Month: February 2013

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Although her characters are far from perfect, Austen’s characterization is flawless. In an age of stringent social mores, she reveals the realities and deceptions of human relationships. She shows the prideful become humble or self-exalted. She reveals prejudice either dissolves with intimacy or increases ignorance. More than […]