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52 Books in 52 Weeks

Review: The Avion My Uncle Flew by Cyrus Fisher

Every once in a while it still happens: I discover a ‘new’ old book that absolutely delights me.  The Avion My Uncle Flew, a 1947 Newbery Honor book, was the latest.  Charming, complex, beautifully written, exciting, uplifting, and funny, it tells the story of Johnny Littlehorn, an injured American boy who unwillingly spends the summer […]

Review: Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup

Occasionally I feel burdened by stuff.  Sometimes it’s our stuffed bookshelves, other times it’s my to-do list, and often it’s my desk which seems to attract all the piles that build up nowhere else.  Usually my approach is to get busy and do something about it, but recently I was too tired for that so […]

Review: Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcey

As soon as Love Thy Body arrived, Miss 15 asked permission to read it and ran off with it.  Who better to teach her than Nancy Pearcey? But after a while she came back.  “I don’t like it. You will, though.” And later, to someone else, she said, “It hits all the hot button topics, […]

Review: 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid by Jonathan McKee

Smartphone use, a huge social experiment that some say is leading to disaster, needs to change.  We all need to learn to be ‘smarter than our smartphones.’  And while we parents are trying to learn this, we need to be teaching our teens as well.  That’s a tall order, especially since the devices are addicting. […]

Review: Free of Me by Sharon Hodde Miller

Everywhere you look, you see them:  people who are obsessed with themselves.  To be honest, we see such a person when we look in the mirror as well. We all are self-centered, at least to some degree, and our individualistic, on-display culture aggravates this natural tendency. But, as Rick Warren famously said, “It’s not about […]

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