This is lovely. I particularly appreciated this: “The certainty that the Almighty God is physically near to us while remaining vaster than reality itself pressed down upon me, and I could not have believed we are alone in the universe if I had tried with all my doubtful, bitter might. I could not have believed I was alone. My eyes were guided…[Read more]
God continually amazes me with His unconditional love and patience with me as I fumble along. This is another beautiful reminder of that, Helena. I remember when I was going through a period where God seemed so very distant and I couldn’t figure out why. And then in a quiet moment I realized that He was there, right there, and I was looking the…[Read more]
I have come across a bit of a mystery, and I think, Madam Librarian (@mrs-hittle), that you may be the best one to answer it:
My kids and I are listening through the audio version of North! Or Be Eaten. I’ve read the book twice in print, but this is the first time I’ve listened to it even though I think we’ve had the audio since one of the…[Read more]
My girls are old enough now that I’ve been able to introduce them to Anne. They’re a bit impatient yet with boy/girl romances, so they haven’t fallen fully into Anne’s world, but as you’ve shown, there’s so much more to Anne than *that* kind of romance.
I grew up with Anne, and realized as we went through the first three books…[Read more]
@rfriend, that’s amazingly cool! I love it.
(And I understand the lure of books at estate sales. We just picked up a set of Mary Poppins for about $5. They were printed in 2000, but with the original cover style and illustrations, and looked like they’d never been used. They will be now! I’m going to have to remember to look for Narnia….)
@mrs-hittle, ha! I’ll start stashing my money so we can send AP or EP on a treasure hunt for us 🙂 .
All of our editions have the Pauline Baynes illustrations–I can’t imagine not having them–but my original ones only have a small illustration at the chapter heading, so they’re missing a number of pictures.
Maybe I’ll put my kids on to…[Read more]
@charliew-starr, thanks for your information! My old set is the American one–it’s got the numbers “correct” and it’s how I was introduced to Narnia. …Now to figure out how to get them rebound. They’ve been looseleaf editions from my reading them incessantly as a kid.
I feel like I’ve heard this before, “The opposite of joy is not sadness, but fear.” Maybe I read it in something you’ve written! Whatever the case, I needed the reminder. I remember a time a few years ago when I felt like I was living in a time of waiting for the other shoe to drop, and I was bracing myself against the possibility. I’m not th…[Read more]
Miss Mary, I’ve only been able to glance through The Wishes of the Fish King, but I’m looking forward to delving into it deeper once it’s been given for Christmas 🙂 . I do love the detail in that, too.
I really love the intricacy in Swanson’s work, too. It didn’t surprise me to discover his mother was Mexican, because the style and detail of his…[Read more]
My Jonathan Rogers book seems to have evaporated (I’m missing my copy of his Flannery O’Connor book, too, so I’m keeping a close watch on the Wilderking Trilogy to make sure it doesn’t disappear). Since I’m missing those, I’ll write out the different chapter endings of the two versions. I can’t exactly remember how you know if it’s an original…[Read more]
My husband Kraig and I just watched the two seasons out of Dark Matter, which going by Johnny’s description I’d probably call space fantasy. The world set-up is interesting as it’s entirely human, but expanded out into space. That aspect of it reminded us of Firefly, so we went back and re-watched Firefly. It struck us that something Firefly does…[Read more]
It’s funny–I didn’t even realize there were two versions until I read Jonathan Rogers’ The World According to Narnia. I went back and looked at the Narnia books I’d grown up reading and they’re the original way–where the darkness is still there as the crew of the Dawn Treader sails away. It suddenly made sense why reading it later in the other…[Read more]
Yesterday I was introduced to the work of John August Swanson. Beautiful stuff! His Advent Art is drawing me in as we start this season. What art speaks to you?
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