My reading list for 2018 has finally come together! There is something here for almost everyone, with no trashy content surprises (except I may need to do another list for cookbooks, health and gardening books another time)….
Instead of reading textbooks, students should be reading ‘living books’. When we decided to home-educate our children (with the help of the Lord), an almost irresistible urge seized me to find great ‘living books’ for use as our school readers.
Charlotte Mason was an educator from England who believed that education had three facets: a discipline, an atmosphere and a way of life.
She believed we should use ‘Living books’ to teach children thoughts and ideas that breathed life, not the dry facts in textbooks. As a result, her approach is the opposite of the textbook approach. Living books are more story-like, they don’t simply present information, and their authors are passionate about their topic.
His wife was gone.
Sure, last night looked like a lot of nights recently. She’d walked out many times before, but this was different. The abandonment, the adultery, and the deception had mounted a massive assault on their marriage and family.
Had it been three men in just six months? He feared there were more. Again and again, she’d wrecked the family’s affairs with her own. She had spent and overspent the family budget to please another guy — another illicit, irrational, imaginary love.
Their marriage, once sweet, had become a nightmare. Those first days, maybe even months, of marital bliss felt so distant and unfamiliar. It was hard for her husband to believe they were ever even real.
Emotions were taut in postwar Germany. Corrie ten Boom met with many who suffered from severe guilt. For instance, in a railway station she gave her suitcase to a boy to carry, and a man came up to her and whispered, “We Germans are all thieves; don’t trust that boy.” Before she reached her train, five different Germans had warned her.
God seemed to be confirming that He wanted her to carry His message of forgiveness into this wounded country.
The need to ask for forgiveness is one of the most ubiquitous of human experiences.
Ruth Bell Graham was right when she said, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” Indeed, it’s essential if you are going to enjoy a truly fulfilling marriage. There’s no other relationship I know where the need to forgive presents itself more often.