In the podcast today, I share some reflections about my adventure to England with my family this summer. My husband graduated with his doctorate in theology from Durham University so we thought it was the perfect excuse to take the whole family. We loved seeing the sights and spending time with friends - old and new.
In this Storyformed episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker answer listener questions and make a special announcement.
Cultivating imagination without it leading to violence and aggression;
Book recommendations for young boys;
Picture books suggestions with themes of courage and bravery;
Favorite audio books for kids ages 3-5; and
Book recommendations for new readers
Do you want to travel more with your kids, but realize this may not be a likely reality in your near future? Or maybe you are traveling soon and want to enhance your experience through reading books about the place or culture. Today on the podcast, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker share about their summer plans and give book recommendations to aid you in transporting you and your kids to other countries, the beach, woodlands and many other places and locations.
The value in taking advantage of more space in summer to read
Ways to travel to nearby or faraway places through books
How to create summer booklists with your kids
Do you sometimes wish your child had more of an imagination? Do you wonder what steps to take to help cultivate an imagination in your kids? Today on the podcast, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker talk about why imagination matters in life and faith, drawing from the stories of inventors, authors, and even their own experiences with their kids.
How imagination inspires creativity
How imagination leads to a life with God
Ways to cultivate imagination in our kids' lives
How to create space for imagination in our children
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
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.
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
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
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
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
In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker share some special family memories and traditions. They also talk about cultivating generosity in their homes as well as give Christmas book recommendations!
A brief history on Saint Nicholaus Day
How family traditions bring meaning during the Christmas season
Christmas book recommendations
In this episode, Holly Packiam and her husband, Glenn Packiam, talk about the meaning of Advent. As a dad, pastor, and theology doctoral student, Glenn shares his perspective on how to celebrate Advent with your family as well as in your church community.
How the Church Calendar can be an invitation into discipleship
What Advent is really about
How keeping Advent can help keep our focus on Jesus through the busy and commercialized holiday season
How Advent gives voice to our longings and leads us to be the answer to someone else's longing
Practical ideas for participating in Advent in your home
In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker, talk about how to cultivate grateful hearts in their own lives and in their children. They also discuss ways of making God central amidst the activities, food preparation, and business of the approaching holiday season.
A brief history on how Thanksgiving became a holiday
How gratefulness leads to faithfulness
Practical ideas for cultivating gratitude in our kids
Thanksgiving book recommendations
In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker talk with the popular children's book author, Sam Smith. Sam is a deep well and also quite the jokester as you will observe by how much we laughed throughout the entire podcast!
Sam's recent decision to quite his current job to become a full-time author
How we can see ourselves as characters in God’s grand narrative, and see God as the ultimate hero of the story.
How to be a creator or a curator versus a critic.
In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker discuss Sally Clarkson's new book, The Lifegiving Table, and share fall picture book recommendations.
How to create an environment conducive to discipleship
Ideas for discipling your kids at the table (with younger kids and older kids)
Fall book recommendations
In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker have the special privilege of talking with Heidi Scovel. Heidi shares with Holly and Jaime about some of her favorite books for boys. We think your girls may like them just as much as your boys!
Favorite books for boys
Choosing books for boys at various ages and developmental stages
Cultivating a reading culture in your home
Ideas for encouraging reluctant readers
Advice on how to start a book club for adults or kids
In this episode, Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker, discuss the struggle they feel as they seek to find new reading rhythms in their homes at the start of a new school year. If you're struggling to find consistent windows of time to read with your kids, listen and you'll hear some new ideas to make time for what matters most.
The importance of reading regularly
Barriers to creating rhythms of reading
How a daily practice of reading gives opportunity for discipleship around the table with our kids
Practical ideas for creating space to read daily
In this episode, Holly Packiam and her daughter Sophia Packiam, discuss their favorite chapter books for 9-12 year olds. This is a perfect episode for parents and children to listen to together! The next time you're all in the car together, on maybe even during an evening at home, be inspired together.
The characteristics of a good book
Books that include characters worth emulating or ones that lead a child to explore the tensions and complexities lying in the human heart.
Favorite Chapter Book Titles for 9-12 year olds
In this episode Holly Packiam and Jaime Showmaker encourage and inspire listeners to cultivate a love of art through stories. The ability to participate in God's presence through viewing beautiful works is a gift of being created in His image.