When I was in second grade, my mom would never have guessed that I’d grow up to be a writer. I cried more tears over my second grade A Beka Language Arts book than any other schoolbook except Saxon Math. Drawing lines and putting parts of sentences above, below, and beside was supposed to help me learn what? Architects drew diagrams—not second graders! Write a story about the octopus pictured on the page? That was silly. Who had anything to ... Read More about When I write . . .
One of my favorite scenes from the 1981 movie “Chariots of Fire” is when Harold Abrahams and his date, singer Sybil Gordon, are discussing their careers. Harold asks Sybil, “Why singing?” She replies, “It’s my job.” Then she corrects herself saying, “No, that’s silly—I do it because I love it.” What is it that you love so much you’d do it regardless of whether or not it was your job? What is your all-consuming hobby? What is your ... Read More about A Peek Into Your Passion with a Purpose!
The editorial from the final issue of the YLCF Journal seemed a fitting piece with which to close this month of re-posts from the archives of our print magazine. I wrote it in a season of waiting, during the autumn of 2003. That next January, that man I loved told me he loved me, too. But the seasons of waiting were just beginning. Waiting to officially start our courtship. Waiting to get engaged. Waiting to get married. Waiting to have ... Read More about From the Editor’s Heart
Two potty accidents, a spilled bowl of oatmeal, no morning naps, and I'm finally stepping into the shower at 11 a.m. I take a deep breath and tell myself, "This is the new one." It's just one of the memorable anecdotal reminders for moms in Rachel Jankovic's new book Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches. If motherhood had a pain scale like they have at the hospitals, about the time you're screaming, "Thirteen! Thirteen!" you ... Read More about Loving the Little Years
People tell me my children are good. But those are the people sitting in front of us at church. I know how many times they have gotten up or acted up. But I don't want to be raising my children to look good. I want to raise them to want to be good. I know how little good it will do in the long run if they are "sitting down on the outside but standing up on the inside." As a fellow mommy of little people shared with me: I think as ... Read More about why mommies need Jesus every second…
I read a lot of books about relationships in my late teens and early twenties. Enough to know that they aren't all helpful and encouraging. And they most definitely are not all must-reads. When I got married, there were the few books I didn't pack -- the ones I kept handy for reference as I started on that new venture of being a wife, his wife! But it took a few years of marriage for me to come across some of my now all-time favorite books ... Read More about When Marriage Meets Grace: Love That Lasts
"You cannot cross the chasm without dying. But if you stay here, you will also die. If you walk the tree, you will die in a different way. But the tree is the only way to life. In one way, you're already dead, though you've continued to exist. You may choose to die and stay dead, or you may die and embrace life -- but in either case you must die. Nothing that has not died can be raised from the dead." -The Woodsman in The Chasm When I ... Read More about The Chasm at the Edge of Eternity
I have a special section for them on my bookshelves: books about books. As if I don't have enough books already, I have books full of more book titles to find! There's Books Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children's Literature by Elizabeth Wilson. And of course, Jim Trelease's ever-popular The Read-Aloud Handbook, along with Terry Glaspey's Book Lover's Guide to Great Reading: A Guided Tour of Classic & Contemporary Literature. ... Read More about Books About Books
I was at another meeting of homeschool moms. Tonight, the discussion topic was a book that only half of us had read. I hadn't read it. And I'll admit, I was slightly prejudiced against the book and the authors. But listening to one mom, I thought it sounded like a fabulous book on parenting. Hearing another, though, I was afraid it might be filled with too many rules and not enough grace. I laughed as I concluded that you could easily think ... Read More about you read what you are
Maybe it's dog-eared and underlined and well-read. Maybe it's a beautiful antique volume you found in the back corner of a used bookstore. Maybe it was a long-coveted original edition you ordered online from Lanier's Books. Maybe it's special not so much for what it is but for who gave it to you. Maybe it was on your PaperbackSwap wish list for years and now it's finally on your bookshelf. Maybe it's priceless because it was handed ... Read More about Snapshots of Favorite Books
"The first function of a book review should be, I believe, to give some idea of the contents and character of the book." -Walter Kaufmann Some people read dictionaries for the fun of it; I read book catalogs. I'd spend hours absorbing the brief peeks into the stories, my vivid imagination fed by those few lines under each book cover. Even the black and white catalogs devoid of pictures kept me drooling over the titles! Writing book reviews for ... Read More about Can’t judge a book by its…review?
It's here! Our second annual March of Books. Last year, we decided that since March is the time to "read the books you've always meant to", we'd dedicate the entire month to sharing our mutual love of books -- on our own blogs and here on ylcf.org. We talked about Kindles, we reviewed Bible study books and books on mother-daughter relationships. We peeked into each other's homes and saw books on shelves and talked about decorating with ... Read More about 2011 March of Books