It's Mother's Day in the United States this weekend, and in celebration and honor of our beloved mothers, I thought that I would take the opportunity to share a list of books that include some of my very favorite mothers in literature. Enjoy!
Hello Storyformed friends! My husband and I had so much fun being on the At Home with Sally podcast with our dear friends, Clay and Sally Clarkson. They have been such an encouragement to us over the years, and their new parenting book, The Lifegiving Parent, is everything we’d want other parents to glean from!
Do you ever hear people rattle off the words, 'goodness, truth, and beauty', and wonder what they are talking about? We mention this triad of words from time to time on the Storyformed podcast, but don't often take the time to discuss what we really mean when we say them. So, today I had the opportunity to interview philosophy professor Adam Pelser about this topic!
Adam received his Ph.d from Baylor University where he studied under Bob Roberts, a renown Christian philosopher. Adam is a currently a philosophy professor at the Air Force Academy where he teaches Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Love, and even a course on C.S. Lewis and Philosophy. He writes on emotions and virtue formation and he is currently writing a book on Emotional Evidence for God where he explains how we can see God with the "eyes of our heart." You can connect with Adam on Facebook and Twitter (@AdamCPelser) and at his website - adampelser.com.
The value of understanding goodness, truth, and beauty as Christian virtues
How goodness, truth, and beauty show up in everyday life
How goodness, truth and beauty reveal themselves in stories
I have always been a reader, but I haven't really been much of a fiction reader. At the risk of revealing my snobbery, I must confess that I used to think of fiction as a waste of time. I read for information. I want to learn! Who has time for silly stories?
In this episode, Holly Packiam talks with her husband, Glenn Packiam, and their daughter, Sophia Packiam about farm life. Glenn shares his first experience of going to the farm, and Sophia talks about what visiting the farm has meant for her childhood. Holly discusses how reading Wendell Berry helped realize the gift she was given by growing up on a farm and having a poet-farmer for a father. Sophia contributes to the conversation by talking about the various farm stories and books set on farms that she’s read and what she’s gained from them.
How farm life can teach us to see beauty in the ordinary and to have patience and persistence through difficulty;
What Sophia would tell young people who find farm stories uninteresting;
Why reading farm stories are not about nostalgia or idealizing a certain way of life, but rather about learning a new perspective and gaining new virtues.
Have you ever wondered what you were like as a small child? I have many memories of my childhood as I’m sure you do.
Are you wondering how to navigate reading with teens? Today on the podcast, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker talk about how to stay connected with teens through books in this changing season of their lives.
The kinds of questions teens wrestle with-- from identity to purpose
The value in reading together in the teen years
Practical ideas for creating space to read together
How to help teens recognize and choose good books
Book recommendations for teens
In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker discuss the picture books chapter in Sarah Clarkson's book, Read for the Heart. The book describes how her parents, Clay and Sally Clarkson, decided that one of the primary gifts they would give their children would be a childhood shaped by great stories. Sarah writes from the perspective of one whose own heart, mind, and soul were formed by books, and in doing so, invites us into what she calls 'the reading life'. We share some of her picture book recommendations in this episode. But this is more than an invitation to get through a reading list; it's an invitation into a reading life.
The value in reading good books to our children
Reasons for choosing Read for the Heart as your #1 resource for children's book recommendations
Hallmarks of a classic children's book
Picture book recommendations from Read for the Heart
I've written before and spoken often on the Storyformed podcast of how my oldest son has been bitten by the architecture bug.
In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker discuss what to do when you have a reluctant reader. They discuss the different reasons for reluctance and how to be a detective to determine what is going on with your child or student.
Specific developmental challenges to watch for in emerging readers
Reasons for reluctance in otherwise skilled readers
Strategies to apply to encourage a love of reading
Ways to build reading confidence
One of the questions we get here at Storyformed is, “What books should I give to my child who can fluently read picture books, but is not quite ready for difficult chapter books?”
In this episode Holly Packiam speaks with Sally Clarkson about encouraging our kids to love poetry. The ability to participate in God's presence through the reading and listening of beautiful poetry is a gift of being created in His image.
Practical ways to capture our childrens' interest in poetry
The value of putting great works of poetry before our childrens’ eyes
The importance of presenting a feast of poetry to our children
Books to inspire a love of poetry
It was a typical Wednesday morning. We were driving to our homeschool co-op and we were discussing The Princess in the Goblin, the book we had been reading aloud over the past few days.
In this episode, Holly Packiam and her husband, Glenn Packiam, talk about how we can help our kids develop habits of reading. You may remember in episode #11, Holly and Jaime discussed their quest as Christians to become lifelong learners and carriers of widsom. But today, they're focusing this message on our kids.
Why Psalm 1 addresses desires and habits
How we can create rhythms-- patterns of practices-- in our lives
How to incorporate reading into naptime and/or bedtime routines for all ages
Practical ideas for making reading accessible
Ideas for reading the Bible as a Story together
How the Holy Spirit doesn't often override our habits but helps us form new ones
From the moment I began reading, I was swept away in the non-stop adventure that fills Ember Rising.
My First Five Reads of 2018 ...
As each year comes to a close, my husband and I set aside two or three days to get away to pray and plan for the upcoming year. Our time way was a bit shorter this year than in previous year, but nonetheless, we got some praying and planning accomplished! One of my favorite parts of the retreat is the opportunity to revisit my 'Rule of Life'.
From all of us here at Storyformed, we express our deepest gratitude that you have invited us into your hearts and homes this past year. We pray that as you celebrate the birth of the Savior, you rejoice in the knowledge that the greatest story that has ever been told is TRUE.
It's time for a new ministry pivot. Every decade or so, Whole Heart Ministries has taken a new road into a new season and new streams of ministry. With the end of our annual hotel conference ministry this year, we're charting a new course for the road ahead of us in 2018.
It always helps to know where we've been, to get a clearer picture of where we're going. For a quick peek at our past year, visit our "Where We've Been in 2017" page. It's been a year full of event ministry (six in the US, one in the UK), writing ministry (five books released, two more written), and online ministry (blogs, podcasts, and a new "Life with Sally" course site). Phew!
Then click over to the our "Where We're Headed in 2018" page. That's where you'll get a descriptive road map for where we're headed in the year ahead (you can also get a PDF of our year end letter there). It's a refocused plan for more books and resources for parents, new books for children and families, growing existing and launching new online ministries, and international ministry to mothers in the UK. It's more than we can do alone. We'll tell you how you can help as a Whole Heart Partner.
This pivot means we'll be changing for good. In both ways--it a whole new season, and a fresh new vision. And it's all good. We invite you to join us on our continuing journey into God's heart for Christian parenting, motherhood, and the family. After twenty-four years of ministry, we're still "keeping faith in the family," and in your family.
There is a language of imagination. Let’s call it imaginationish. It’s not actually a language, but more of a universal dialect. It is using words to describe things that the eye does not see, the ear does not hear, the senses do not sense ...