Lists and Links from January

Redeemed Reader: Here Be Dragons, Mega Fantasy and Sci-FI Booklist (all ages)

Amy at Hope Is the Word gives an annotated list of the books she read, both alone and with her children, in January 2018. It’s a good list.

The following articles I thought worth sharing on my Facebook page in January, and now I’m sharing them here:

My Larry Nassar Testimony Went Viral. But THere’s More to the Gospel Than Forgiveness. Interview by Morgan Lee at Christianity Today with Rachel Denhollander.

When Someone You Admire Does Something Disgusting by Russell Moore.

“Notice how, inside and outside the church, people are loudly denunciatory of the evil behavior of their political, religious, or cultural opponents, and yet, when the same thing is true of their allies, they are muted or even found attempting justifications for the behavior. Whenever this is the case, you can be sure that these people don’t believe in morality or truth or justice, but in their allies. They believe in power. They believe in themselves.”

The Greatest Showman (or at Least, the Fairly Decent Showman) by Jenna Badeker at The Rabbit Room.

“It is by no means lesser to indulge in a speedier denouement. We all need breaks from our waiting seasons. We are drawn to fiction for varying reasons, and happiness is a good one. I am not in the camp of the stuffy critic (who is an actual character in the movie). I have already listened to the soundtrack a few times since seeing the movie and probably will again. The Greatest Showman provides an uplifting experience to its viewers, and there is a place for that. But . . .”

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read by Julie Beck. January 26, 2018, The Atlantic. (This article, without referencing Charlotte Mason or homeschooling at all, presents a good, research-based argument for Charlotte Mason-style short lessons and readings.)

“The lesson from his binge-watching study is that if you want to remember the things you watch and read, space them out. I used to get irritated in school when an English-class syllabus would have us read only three chapters a week, but there was a good reason for that. Memories get reinforced the more you recall them.”

And a couple of blog posts that I thought were inspiring or informative:

To Whoever Took Our Bike: We Are Praying For You by Jennifer Love.
To Whoever Took Our Bike Part II: Unexpected Happy Endings.

Thriving in a Special Needs Marriage at Ambling Grace.

I’m looking forward to February—and more growing, learning, reading, and becoming.

Olympic Athletes: We’ve All Got a Story

Like millions around the world, I like watching the Olympics every four years, even though I hardly ever watch sports any other time. I watch the gymnasts and the swimmers and the runners and marvel at what they can do with body that God has given them. But even more than watching the feats of athletic prowess, I enjoy reading and hearing the stories of those athletes who have trained themselves to physical preeminence, and who are also pursuing spiritual maturity in Christ. Here a links to few stories I’ve found inspiring:

Sarah Scherer, who will vie for a gold medal in the air rifle competition at the London Olympics, draws strength from her faith in God after a tragedy shook her life two years ago.

Missy Franklin, swimming gold medalist:

Brady Ellison, archery: “I just step on the field and try to let how I shoot, how I behave and how I act in my life represent myself and God. If people like that, they do; if they don’t, they don’t.”

Francena McCorory, track.

Ryan Hall, marathoner. “I was a runner who happened to be a Christian. I needed to become a Christian who happened to be a runner.”