Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tales from the 1st Grade: Church

We've been working on "staying on 1 topic" during our writing time. Most of my students are to do this relatively well. Today I worked with one of those students in an effort to guide his writing. Here's our conversation:

Me: Let's think of something you can write about. What did you do this past weekend?

Student: Went to church.

Me: Well, you can write about that. What do you want to say about church?

Student: We stay too long. They sing. It's too loud.

Well, I got him to stay on topic! :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book Review: The White Horse King

This novel, The White Horse King, documents the life of England's first king, Alfred the Great. Admittedly I don't usually lean toward historical biographies but I decided to give this one a read.

The book is filled with facts about the life of Alfred the Great. He is not someone that I knew much about. I did find the stories of what he did for his kingdom (i.e. He changed the roadways and legal codes. He also restarted Christian worship and learning about God.)

The author transitions back and forth between the story and offering historical facts. It was sometimes hard to stay focused because of that. There were also times that while offering interesting facts I found myself becoming bored and wanting to skip ahead.

If you are into history and biographies then I'd recommend this book for you. If that's not really your thing, I don't think this book will cause you to become a lover of historical biographies.

If you'd like to purchase a copy for yourself click here.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Book Review: The Sweet By and By

Recording artist Sara Evans has added "author" to her repertoire. Her book, "The Sweet By and By", is a lovely story of redemption, grace and reconciliation. The story is about a girl named Jade facing her past and her troubled relationship with her hippie mother. She realizes she must face things that she and her fiance had decided to leave in the past. The characters are well developed and really draw you in to the story.

I didn't expect to enjoy the book as much as I did. I'm not big on romance novels and thought that's what I was getting in to. I was pleasantly surprised and how easily I was drawn into the story. The family dynamics were interesting and realistic.

Having said that, I would still have to categorize it as a chic-flic type book. It would serve as a great summer poolside read!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Making Room

I'm getting a temporary roommate! A friend of mine was laid off recently and needs a place to stay for a while. After agreeing to have her come stay with me I realized I needed to make room for her. You see, the guest room closet and drawers have served as storage for me. She stayed with me a short time last year. At that point she was only coming to stay a weekend. There was no need to clean out the closet. The room and bed were clean. Now she's coming for an extended period of tine. I want to clean out the unnecessary stuff filling the space so that Ginger (my new roomie) has a space. I want her to feel welcome and to know that I prepared a place for her.

During the process I began thinking about my relationship with God. Am I making room for Him? Have I removed all the unnecessary clutter to create space for Him? I want Him to know that He's welcome. To know that I've prepared a place for Him. I don't want a short visit I want a habitation. So as we begin this new year I challenge you to consider these questions for yourself. Have you made room for Him to inhabit your life? Have you removed all the unnecessary stuff filling space that can be occupied by Him?