This week in reading…
Current favorites at our house
In Elementary Lessons, twice per week, we’re reading Mystery of the Periodic Table, Covenantal Catechism, book 4, and Reformation & Renaissance by Christine Miller. I have really loved Christine Miller’s history books; they are well written and interesting, telling a cohesive story of European history with a lot of particulars about individuals rather than generalities about trends. As a bonus, this week our word of the week (which I chose months ago) was petulant and it was in that day’s reading, describing the king who signed the order for the Huguenot massacre.
I caught Knox – 4 – reading out loud to himself On the Banks of Plum Creek the other day. I don’t really feel it’s necessary to keep a “First 100” books list for him. Yikes!
Ilse is reading and reading More Days Go By, which I encourage not only to help her gain confidence, but also because the stories are pleasant and sweet.
The boys have been on a big Lego kick lately, so most of their reading has been at bedtime. However, generally Jaeger voluntarily heads to bed 10-15 minutes early, so he must be reading something he’s enjoying. Last week he reread The 10 Things All Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know: But Are Rarely Taught. In addition to a lot of Calvin & Hobbes, Hans read 2 Signature Book biographies last week: The Story of Winston Churchill and The Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Part of me is looking forward to the less active and more reading-time winter months.
My Book Bag
You can read about my book categories here.
- Theology: Charity and Its Fruits by Jonathan Edwards
Devotional: Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic. I read a chapter from this one while I brew the coffee and cook my eggs in the morning.
Science: The Periodic Table by Primo Levi. This one is selected but not begun.
Humanities: When Athens Met Jerusalem by John Mark Reynolds. This has been my lunchtime book.
Vocation: no title picked currently
Whim: Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work, and the Home by Carolyn McCulley. I’m reading this one on my friend’s recommendation and so we can talk about it. What to prepare our daughters for has always been a topic of conversation for us, so this falls into that stream for us.
Fiction: Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens an Audible deal. I’ve been listening to podcasts more than my audio book; I hit a slow part and have had trouble finding the motivation to stick with it. Probably listing it here week after week will give me the kick in the pants I need.
I’ll give it another month or so, but this might be too many categories to manage at once.
I feel like I could just quote or underline or copy out into my commonplace book the entire contents of Rachel’s first book and be much the wiser and richer for doing so. This statement summarizes her point throughout the book and has been such a helpful perspective shift for me – when I remember it. Hence, the rereading.
The opportunities for growth and refinement abound here – but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like and feels like to walk with God as a mother.
Sin is just a fact of life. It is the way we deal with it that changes ours.
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