Weekend Reads, a link-up: Experts, Art, and Joy

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It’s been a decent week for reading in our house, but that’s because we’ve all got a cold that won’t let go. It’s good to see the silver lining, and more time in books is a certain silver lining.

Weekends with Chesterton

Weekends with Chesterton

Visit Sarah’s Weekends with Chesterton link up for more great Chestertonian nuggets of wisdom.


chesterton better to seek the wisdom of the ordinary

I am always suspicious of the expert who knows he is an expert. Far better to seek the wisdom of the common, the ordinary, and the humble–for God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. -G.K. Chesterton

We live in a culture that reveres experts, that expects us to turn to experts rather than our community for wisdom. But it has not always been so. We prefer to get our advice from the authors of books; after all, the women within our community often do not look like exemplars to our younger idealistic eyes. Far easier to turn to the impersonal author who can be airbrushed and glossed in our imaginations, who can inspire and flatter. We want to be inspired about how awesome we can be and how awesome our family might become! Ever noticed how often older mothers seem sort of jaded? That makes them unappealing. But maybe that’s our problem more than theirs.

In reading Ecclesiastes with my sorta-IRL book club, I’ve noticed that Ecclesiastes – all about the getting of wisdom – often sounds pretty jaded.

Perhaps it would be wise to turn to the wisdom of experience that is not dressing itself up, putting on a face, and selling a product: the ordinary, everyday, real life older women around us.

Books Read at Our House This Week

We love the fairy and folk tale picture books retold and illustrated by Paul Galdone. My favorite is his Three Little Pigs, but Knox loves – and walks around quoting from – Three Billy Goats Gruff: “Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” Our library has a decent selection of his books, but Three Little Pigs really should be in every house that enjoys picture books and traditional tales.

I did finish one book and start three books this week. Pretty typical. But now I have 5 going and that’s my personal maximum. I finished Flying Colours and begun the next in the series, Commodore Hornblower. Only 2 more in the series after this one. I also started Spunk & Bite – a book on writing – and The Living Page – a book on notebooking. Both are quite enjoyable so far.

This week we added a stack of new books to our shelves that I’m very excited about! I got my hands on a set of My Book House. My older boys eat up and have practically memorized the old Childcraft series, so I knew they’d love these books as soon as I heard about them about a year ago. I think the premise of the series is that the parent reads them aloud to the children, but my boys have already finished at least 3 of these volumes and my 6-year-old daughter is pouring over illustrations and sounding out nursery rhymes that look promising. They have definitely been a big hit. I’m sure they’d make great read alouds, but this week they’ve made great babysitters.

Online Reading This Week

I thought this was a super clever idea my dad did in his office:

magnetic photo bars

Click over and see what he used and how he did it. I like the way it turned out.

I think we can all relate to this:

Now my mind had just right then been in beautiful places and thinking beautiful thoughts – trying to pray even, but when the interruption came I immediately lashed out and acted on my annoyance at being disturbed because that is my habitual response to annoyance.

Habit teaching begins with mom.

My Dad sent me this link, and I’m so glad he did. It is a very encouraging and inspiring post, reminding us of the power we have as mothers in the hearts of our home: we set the tone, and we are empowered by the Spirit to choose joy.

Joy and gladness is a choice. But a joyful home is not made in one decision at the dawn of a new day; a joyful home is when decisions are made, moment by moment, to choose joy instead of something else.

weekend reads linky party

More Weekend Reads

If you have a post with a collection of links, a post about what you’re currently reading, or a recommended book list, link it up here! We’ll have our very own “best of the web” & “best of our book piles” right here, every week!

2 Responses

  1. Amy @ Hope Is the Word
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    I hope it’s okay to leave my link. My post is sort of a weekly wrap-up, but it includes books we’ve enjoyed this week.

  2. Mystie Winckler
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    Yes, thank you for sharing your link!