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Review: Plain Faith: A True Story of Tragedy, Loss, and Leaving the Amish

Late one summer night while the Eash family was driving home from visiting relatives, their Amish buggy was hit by a semi-truck.   Seven year old Suetta and five year old Sarah Mae were killed in the accident, and the parents, Ora Jay and Irene, began their journey into despair. For, while all Amish agreed that […]

Review: Mastermind by Maria Konnikova

In the past few years I have repeatedly read about how our ‘objective’ decisions and opinions are often influenced by completely unexpected factors.  The mind is a fascinating thing.  For us homeschooling moms who spend our days trying to train our children’s minds, such research and conclusions can have practical implications. Mastermind, an analysis of […]

Review: The 40 Most Influential Christians by Daryl Aaron

For over 20 centuries, Christian thinkers have been struggling to understand the meaning of the Bible and its relationship to life.  Yes, the message of the Bible is simple.  As Karl Barth, one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century summed up, the Christian faith is simply this:  “Jesus loves me, this I […]

Review: Finding Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie Gray

It was a rainy day and I was so tired I fell asleep during Miss 11’s last logic lessons.  I could hardly think to help Miss 16 with her election report.  And yet, I could not sleep well.  There was too much to do to relax…but I could not do any of it because I was […]

Notes on The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages by Shaunti Feldhahn

A few weeks ago we celebrated our 25th anniversary.  Through health and sickness, riches and poverty, joy and heartbreak, God has been with us, and we have learned much about marriage. But even for us there are still helpful and encouraging ideas in Shaunti Feldhahn’s book The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages:  The Little […]

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