Whatever is Admirable: The Classics

  A classic is a book which has stood the test of time, captivating generations of readers. It often touches on topics which have universal appeal, such as love, friendship, betrayal or loss. Many classics are referenced in other works, allowing the well-read person to make connections between the two. For example, my son and […]

Whatever is Lovely: Nature Study

  “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 If you’ve been following this series, you know that Whatever is Lovely has turned out to be a very broad category! I’m glad to […]

Whatever is Lovely: Poetry, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens

  This post in the Home library builders series continues the theme Whatever is Lovely, looking at Poetry, Shakespeare and Charles Dickens. I enjoy reading poetry with my children! It is one of those things that I haven’t been able to work into our normal daily schedule, so we try to take time once or […]

Whatever is Lovely: Music appreciation

  Recently I attended a concert and heard an incredibly gifted singer. I left the concert feeling inspired. I could never sing like she does. But it was an amazing experience to listen to someone who was both extremely talented and committed to working hard to develop her talent to the utmost of her ability. […]

Whatever is Pure: Books that Teach Theology and Illuminate the Scriptures, part Two

  This next installment in the Library Builders series picks up the topic of books that teach theology. Theology: Part One covered books for family devotions and children’s storybooks which illuminate the scriptures. This post suggests titles for older children and adults.   Theology Books for Older Kids and Adults My oldest son and I […]

Library Builders: My Wish List

  This next post in the library builders series departs a bit from book suggestions based on Philippians 4:8. I thought it would be fun to include my wish list in this series. I can’t vouch for these books, per se, as I don’t own them…but I trust those who have recommended them to me. […]

Whatever is Pure: Books that Teach Theology and Illuminate the Scriptures: Part One

  This fourth post in the Library Builders series looks at books that help us to understand the Bible. This is such a vast topic that I plan to cover it in two parts. This post addresses books to use in family devotions and storybooks for younger children. Part two of this post is about […]

Whatever is Right: Books that Build Character

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 If these are the things we are to think on, then surely this is an excellent guiding principle in choosing reading material. This third post […]

Whatever is Noble: Hero Stories

This post is part 2 in my Home Library Builders series. As I noted in the first post of the series, Whatever is True: Biographies, it is critical that we make the most of time spent reading by choosing the best reading material for ourselves and for our kids, especially when it comes to reluctant […]

Whatever is True: Biographies

Having an excellent library in our home is a high priority for me. I firmly believe that character is shaped and influenced greatly by what we read. It is important to me that every time my children pick up a book, it is an excellent one. I wrote a post a few months ago about […]