Wednesday with Words: Planning for Providence

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Current favorites at our house

Knox’s current favorite he brings to the couch every time we read is one of the Frances books by Russell Hoban. I always love reading Frances books.

Ilse’s favorite right now is Pathway’s First Steps, because she can read the short, sweet stories all by herself easily, and it looks and feels like a big kid’s book with chapters.

This is what reading said book looks like at our house:

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And that’s why we need quiet time: So I can have an hour or two of not being touched in order to recover.

Hans and Jaeger have been fighting over 10 Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Need to Know But Are Rarely Taught, a WTM forums find. I bought it thinking it might work well as an Elementary Lessons read-aloud, but it relies too much on graphics and comic strips to work well as a group read-aloud. However, the boys love it as a free-reading book.

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Week’s Words

A Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry has been great. Most of the book is reference, showing scriptural phrases and categories for prayer, but the back of this edition includes sermons on the topic by Henry as well. I copied out these quotes from the “Second Discourse” on spending the day with God.

We must expect the tidings and events of every day, with a cheerful and entire resignation to the divine providence.

Later, in the same paragraph:

While we are in this world, we are still expecting, hoping well, fearing ill: we know not what a day or a night, or an hour will bring forth, but it is big with something, and we are too apt to spend our thoughts in vain about things future, which happen quite differently from what we imagined.

And after various admonitions about when we are confidently hopeful and when we despair, he ends the second with this succinct summary that I want to make one of my life mottos:

Hope the best, and get ready for the worst, and then take what God sends.

Perfect!

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And now, from you:

  1. What age would you say the 10 Things book is appropriate for? I have a friend with a math-geek kid (I think he’s 13 or 14) and she’s looking for all kinds of reading material for him.

    • My boys are on the young side for the target, I think. It’s aimed at middle school kids. I skimmed it and read sections because I was afraid it might be too irreverent or its aim might be more “debunking” than anything else, but I thought it was ok. It’s not high literary scientific quality, but I think it’s a fun supplemental to show how math and science applies to different areas of life and that math is always true, even when it’s inconvenient or not politically advantageous. :)

      • We like the Zaccaro books, too. I am careful with the idea he proposes that math and science will tell you the truth. This is true, but only when subordinate to God.

  2. May I ask please how your own reading fits into your day? I used to read so so much on my own before babies and homeschooling. Now I sneak in a few emailed blog posts before bed some nights but I’m too exhausted right now to read an actual book.

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