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Monday, November 29, 2010

Thankful Titles

These three books were my faves for November.  "All the World" had a praiseworthy feel to it, noting symbols Christ used in his illustrations of the kingdom of heaven and faith.  Poetic too...a few examples, "Nest, bird, feather, fly, all the world has got its sky," and "Spreading shadows, setting sun, crickets, curtains, day is done. A fire takes away the chill, all the world can hold quite still."  Illustrations are also excellent (LIz Garton Scanlon & Marla Frazee).

"One Smile" by Cindy McKinley & Illustrated by Mary Gregg Byrne takes an act of kindness, adds generosity and shows how goodness spreads among people.  Kind of a pay-it-forward story...  I think an adult has to refer back to the beginning, unless you have kids who REALLY pay attention to that kind of thing.  But we enjoyed it as a teachable moment.

"Applesauce Season" by Eden Ross Lipson taught me some new methods with making applesauce.  I don't really think we'll go to the extent of adding a strainer to my kitchen utensils, but it was interesting that some people cook apples and then strain the seeds & peel.  Their applesauce took on different colors then according to which season it was.

Last, from the Linwood Wesleyan Church library, some fam and I wateched "Discovering Our Purpose" from Total TV's "Our Journey."  The tidbit I appreciated from it was talking about how a divorce can cause distrust of institutions.  I thought of how sometimes I see people really struggling with leadership, and wondered if it could stem from being damaged from a divorced home or relationship.  It's not really like you can permanently carry those scars, as Christ calls us to forgive and allow His love to fill in the gaps, but at some point if we recognize it, we see how distrust in one area can spill into something totally unrelated.  

Further notes on Wafa Sultan's book are available by request if you're interested in her work.

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