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I’m home from California.  My mom’s memorial service was beautiful, and I enjoyed catching up with the friends and relatives who came to honor her memory.  There’s nothing quite like the warmth and caring of a small town.  I wish I could have stayed longer. Now I’m back to work, and I have some good stuff to share.  First, I…

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The V.S. Naipaul flap

Has anybody been following the latest V.S. Naipaul flap?  He’s a famous novelist.  A Nobel laureate.  He must be a pretty smart guy.  Except, in an interview at the Royal Geographic Society in London, he started picking on Jane Austen and female writers in general.  He accused Austen of sentimentality, and he claimed that women’s writing is inferior because a…

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Calling all Jesus freaks

A quotation I just swiped from The Wartburg Watch:  “I’m only here on Earth to serve God. I never had a career.  I don’t care about commercialism.  I have a ministry and I’ll fight for the ministry.”  — Larry Norman Anything from Larry Norman hooks my attention immediately.  He was a major figure in the Jesus Movement, one of the…

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Scienda’s Amazon gift-card giveaway

Hey, readers, writers, and freebie-seekers.  Want a chance to win an Amazon gift card? Help C.L. Dyck rank the best of her posts on her blog, Scienda, in preparation for a possible book deal that’s being dangled in front of her nose. Minimal rules.  Just read the posts she’s linked to (only five this time) and leave a comment to…

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Freedom for Quivering Daughters

True confession:  I’m a Bible-believing Christian, but I have deliberately broken the laws of the land.  I have engaged in illegal homeschooling.  I didn’t have a teaching certificate in a state that required one.  That might not sound too radical, but we lived in fear of losing custody of our children until Michigan relaxed its laws. Maybe it was civil…

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The latest from my to-be-read pile

I love my library’s online catalog.  I ransack it from my own home, request books, and pick them up when I’m notified via email that they’ve come in.  I’m like a kid in a candy store, but the candy is free.  And I have little self-control. Some of the titles from my latest haul: Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace), Major…

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Hillary McFarland’s “Quivering Daughters”

Hillary McFarland gave me a sneak preview of her upcoming non-fiction book, Quivering Daughters, and I loved it.  The book is a must-read for anyone who homeschools, rubs shoulders with homeschoolers, or is curious about hyperpatriarchy or “Quiverfull” families like the Duggars of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” I’m pro-homeschooling; we homeschooled our own kids.  By the grace of God,…

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Wade Burleson on Quiverfull

Wade Burleson has written an excellent post about Quiverfull theology at “Grace and Truth to You.”  He’s an evangelical Christian himself, and he approaches the movement respectfully but with a clear eye for aberrant teachings. If you’ve never heard of Quiverfull, it’s the belief that the size of one’s family, or “quiver,” should be determined by God, not by human…

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Sláinte, St. Pat!

In honor of St. Patrick and all things Irish, may I recommend just two of my favorites? Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization is well worth reading even if you’re not Irish and you think you don’t like history. And Waking Ned Devine is an underrated gem of a movie that never fails to make me smile.  Fabulous music,…

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Morris West and other Catholic novelists

Thanks to a brief Facebook conversation a couple of weeks ago with Phil of Brandywine Books, I’ve picked up a copy of The Shoes of the Fisherman by Australian author Morris West.  I first read it so many years ago that I don’t remember much about it except that it’s about the process of choosing a new Pope, and that…

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