Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Orphans No More by Dudley Hall

Dudley's new book is an important little collection of his messages about "orphanity" (his new word!) and sonship. If you're not able to hear Dudley preach, this book is the next best thing.

My favorite quote:
"Jesus is gloriously exclusive in an inclusive way. Anyone who comes to the Father through believing the Son is welcome. There are no ethnic, legal, gender, or geographic boundaries; just faith in the Son!
   Many would like to approach God without a mediator. They don't get it. Orphans cannot just walk into the inheritance without mediation. Only Jesus the Son has become an orphan for Adam's race."

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Family Dinner by Laurie David

"People say they don't have time to cook, yet in the last few years we have found an extra two hours a day for the internet." - Michael Pollan


Not just a cookbook, it's full of good reasons why your family should sit down to eat together, contributions from famous chefs, and lots of good quotes. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Why You Should Read Fairy Tales to Your Kids

Four of my favorite authors/thinkers on writing fantasy, and how it leads us to recognize God:

J.R.R. Tolkien called fantasy the most perfect art form and described Christ's birth, life, death and resurrection as "the greatest fairy tale of all. And wonder of wonders, it is true."

G. K. Chesterton said that fantasy reminds us that "the universe is wild and full of marvels... In the fairy tales the cosmos goes mad, but the hero does not go mad. In the modern novels the hero is mad before the book begins, and suffers from the harsh steadiness... of the cosmos."

C. S. Lewis observed, "It would be nice if no little boy... were ever at all frightened. But if he were going to be frightened, I think it would be better he should think of giants and dragons than merely of burglars."

George MacDonald: "If I can wake in any human heart just a little fluttering of life, if I can help any human soul to feel... that there is an eternal world, a world of life, of truth; a world of duty, of hope, of infinite joy... If I can make the clouds just part the least bit, and give a glimpse of the blue sky, of the infinite realities of things, then I hold that it is worth doing."