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Friday, January 17, 2014
7 Quick Takes: Books, What's working and What's Not
4 Signs of a Dynamic Catholic. It was interesting and a well thought out commentary about the current state of our Catholic family. However, it was vague with not a mention of some key words like Jesus, Holy Father, Mary, or anything specifically Catholic. I brushed it off as it was just summing up the dismal current mind set of Catholics in America. Then, I attended a speaking engagement in Ogdensburg with Matthew Kelly; he is a wonderfully dynamic speaker. I purchased his book, Building Better Families: A Practical Guide to Raising Amazing Children. This was a vague book providing little if any direction on what actually to do for your family. It gives broad sweeping themes which is a great start but does not assist the reader with how to apply that knowledge long term. Again, there is not Catholic specific vocabulary which bothers me. There is no mention of religion specifically at all but again a vague spirituality. I would not recommend this overall or to a large number of people. Pondered in My Heart is a wonderful blog about Catholic family life; one that keeps me going when my house is peanut butter sticky and all I want to do is lay on the couch watching Netflix. The peacefulness emits off of the screen giving me hope that I can overcome my preferences for the Greater Glory. Her daughter illustrated this book! A interesting coincidence, the day after I ordered this book, we picked patron saints for the year. Bubba our youngest daughter choose St. Felix of Nola out of our Saint bag! So, we celebrated her saint this past week by reading this lovely book. My husband is a painter who loves watercolor, and he just love all of the details that were painted. In fact, I think that Lydia's lovely watercolor illustrations inspired him to pick up the brush again. PAL system from the Institute for Excellence in Writing had been life changing for my oldest. The Magic School Bus: Back in Time with the Dinosaurs Kit from Amazon was a really fun way to enhance our science lessons during this winter weather. This trimester we chose to go with the Human body kit which I got for 15 buckaroos. Acorn TV).