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Cracks in Creation: An Essay from Wild Things and Castles in the Sky

By Ashley Artavia Novalis

[Editor’s note: Our friends at Square Halo books have a brand new collection of essays called Wild Things and Castles in the Sky. Together, these essays form one cohesive guide for choosing books for children. Today, we’re grateful to share with you an essay from the book written by Ashley Artavia Novalis, in which she demonstrates how stories of suffering provide safe, creative spaces to experience empathy and process pain.]

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New from Rabbit Room Press: The Last Sweet Mile

By The Rabbit Room

The Last Sweet Mile, Allen Levi’s memoir of great loss and enduring faith, is re-releasing in paperback edition through Rabbit Room Press this summer.

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Feasts We Were Never Meant to Serve

By Leslie E. Thompson

My name is Leslie, and I built the Hutchmoot: Homebound experience. This could easily be an essay about the Rabbit Room staff giving their time to make the experience a reality (and we could regale you with stories worthy of such an essay!), but it’s actually a blog about how, after months of work, I stepped away from preparing the feast of Hutchmoot: Homebound in order to serve another feast altogether.

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Imagination Boot Camp: An Essay from Wild Things and Castles in the Sky

By Katy Bowser Hutson

[Editor’s note: Our friends at Square Halo books have a brand new collection of essays called Wild Things and Castles in the Sky. Together, these essays form one cohesive guide for choosing books for children. We’re grateful to get to share with you an essay from the book written by Katy Bowser Hutson, which explores themes of wonder, magic, courage, and how fairy tales remind us we’re part of something bigger than we could ever dream.]

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Hutchmoot Podcast & Video: Story & the Child’s Imagination

By The Rabbit Room

The Hutchmoot Podcast features some of our favorite sessions recorded at our annual conference which celebrates art, music, story, and faith in all their many intersections. Today, it is our pleasure to share a session led by Walter Wangerin, Jr. and Sara Danger called “Story & the Child’s Imagination” from 2021’s Hutchmoot: Homebound, in both video and audio form.

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The Zacchaeus Tree

By Becca Groves

I believe the highest praise one could receive of their art is, “it made me want to make my own.” You hear a song and it inspires you to pick up your guitar again. You see a painting and you dig out all your brushes and wipe off a dusty canvas. For me, as I finished chapter three of Andrew Peterson’s The God of the Garden, I closed the book with a lump in my throat and began to write the story of my own favorite tree.

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Encanto and the Miracle of Empathy

By Shigé Clark

One of the reasons I love fantasy as a genre is because of the inclusion of magic. In fantasy stories—the good ones anyway—magic can reveal the spiritual realities that we all sense in life but can’t see, and have no material frame to express.

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A Liturgy for Those Who Suffer Loss from Fire, Flood, or Storm

By The Rabbit Room

We first shared this liturgy in March 2020, in the wake of a devastating tornado in Nashville. Nearly one year later, we shared it for our friends in Texas after their widespread blackout. And now, we share it for all who are reeling from their own devastation after this weekend’s tornadoes, especially in southern Kentucky. We’re saddened that this liturgy continues to prove so relevant, but once again, we hope and pray that it may lend words to a situation that defies description.

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Introducing the Rabbit Room Christmas Gift Package

By The Rabbit Room

For the first time, the Rabbit Room has created a Christmas package, a perfect gift for friends who are unfamiliar or less familiar with the Rabbit Room! Every package includes an assortment of items—books, recipes, art, an ornament, tea, and much more—carefully curated around the themes of Advent and Christmas.

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Now Available: Pembrick’s Creaturepedia

By The Rabbit Room

The Rabbit Room Store has just added a delightful new book to its collection: Pembrick’s Creaturepedia by Andrew Peterson. This detailed companion is essential to all who travel to the lands of Skree, and a must-have for all Wingfeather Saga fans. Now with all-new illustrations!

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Peanut Butter & the Marriage Supper of the Lamb

By Millie Sweeny

I bolted up the stairs, heart racing in response to my husband’s call. He was the calm one, the unflappable med student; that level of urgency in his voice froze my blood. Bursting into the bathroom, I saw. Our one-year-old son, his eyes and lips swollen, his perfect round baby belly splotchy with an ugly red rash. My husband, already on the phone with the pediatrician, asking, “Do we give Benadryl, or bring him into the ER for Epinephrine?”

Our life changed that moment.

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In Which A Daughter Interviews her Father about Failure, Calling, Family & Faith

By Ben Palpant

[Editor’s note: The newest addition to the Rabbit Room Press catalogue is Letters from the Mountain by Ben Palpant, a memoir of the craft of writing and living delivered as a series of letters to his daughter, Kiale. In this special piece that follows, Kiale interviews Ben about the intersections between art, vocation, family, and faith.]

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